Brave New World: What Will We Lose?

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According to this article, there are 9 everyday experiences that we may not see again. Questions: What are these 9 experiences? Are any of these experiences economically essential? Explain. Which experience do you least agree with as being extinct? Why? Which experience would you add to this list? Source: Pincus-Roth, Z. (2020). 9 everyday experiences… Read more »

A four-day work week at fast-food and other restaurants

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According to BusinessInsider.com, Shake Shack has rolled out a four-day workweek for managers at a third of its locations. Questions: What other chain restaurant CEOs interviewed in the article see labor as its biggest challenge? What other benefits are being tested by some chains to retain and attract good employees? Discuss. What is the domino effect… Read more »

The new challenge for restaurants

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According to BusinessInsider.com, restaurants are delivering more food than ever before.  Questions: How are delivery sales of food expected to compare from 2011 to 2022? How does the delivery revenue compare to delivery profit? For chain restaurants, what is the main problem with using services like Uber Eats or GrubHub to deliver food? What does… Read more »

What’s a San Francisco restaurant without labor? Closed…..

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According to the Guardian, even hiking the minimum wage to $15 an hour and requiring health benefits, as San Francisco has done, hasn’t been enough to maintain a healthy heartbeat in the restaurant industry labor market, because the median price for a San Francisco rental is $4,550. Questions: 1. In the article, Gwyneth Borden, executive… Read more »

End of an Era

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A slice of Americana is about to “leave the stage.” For those of you who are too young to remember, Howard Johnson is not an old movie star. It was a bustling restaurant chain across the U.S. Sadly, the last of two remaining Howard Johnson restaurants will close on Sep. 6, making it the end… Read more »

Be sure to remember your server!

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According to the Washington Post, after a change in tax rules last year, the auto-gratuity added to the bill of large parties at restaurants is on its way out. Questions: 1. What is the new rule that the Internal Revenue Service imposed on restaurants that led to this change? 2. How does this change lead… Read more »