Is Uber Competing With Restaurants For Workers?

Jonathan Maze | Restaurant Business | April 19, 2018 As the labor market continues to tighten, restaurants are encountering a new competitor for a thinning pool of employees: Uber. The ride-hailing service and similar companies that make up the gig economy are adding a new layer to the challenges of finding good workers. Already facing high turnover and

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Casual French Rooftop Dining Is Coming to Roscoe Village

Ashok Selvam | Eater Chicago | April 12, 2018 Roscoe Village is getting a restaurant featuring cuisine from southern France. Slated to open this summer, Le Sud is a new restaurant featuring food from chef Andy Motto, last seen in suburban Evanston at Quince, a restaurant that closed in 2015. The new spot, which has had an active social

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5 Tips On How To Open A Restaurant From Industry Veterans

Leslie Wu | Forbes | March 31, 2018 Opening night at a restaurant can be fraught with peril — thanks to Yelp and social media, backlash over perceived flaws are immediately shared within hours of opening, and a restaurant staff has less time than before to get their bearings. Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, cofounders

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Illinois Is Letting A 1934 Law Hamper Its Food Biz

Elliot Richardson | Crain’s Chicago Business | March 15, 2018 New restaurants spur economic development and create jobs in communities across the state. They bring people into neighborhood business districts and expose patrons to nearby retailers and small businesses. Unfortunately, entrepreneurs attempting to open an establishment in Illinois face an archaic law that prohibits them from serving alcohol

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Restaurateurs Reveal The 5 Lessons They Learned From Failing

Jillian Kramer | Food & Wine | March 15, 2018 “Match the restaurant to the location.” We’ve all seen it happen: one day, there’s a brand-new restaurant around the corner that we can’t wait to try and the next day, that same restaurant is closed—for good. Statistics paint a grim picture for anyone who dreams of opening a restaurant. In New

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Boka Group’s Four Nominations Highlight Chicago’s 2018 James Beard Award Finalists

Ashok Selvam and Daniel Gerzina | Eater Chicago | March 14, 2018 Chicago’s food and beverage industry netted 10 nominations this morning when the James Beard Foundation announced its finalists for the 2018 awards from Philadelphia. Boka Restaurant Group scored the most of the city’s finalist nominations as Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm’s company — which runs restaurants including Boka, Stephanie

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Restaurants Are Replacing Retail As Anchor Tenants, And ‘Everyone Wants One’

Kellie Ell | CNBC | February 18, 2018 For better or worse, new eateries and the attention they attract have turned the restaurant business into a boom town, restaurateur David Chang told CNBC in a recent interview. Chang, who owns 23 restaurants around the globe in such cities as New York City, Los Angeles, Sydney and Toronto,

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Cash-Strapped Restaurants Turn Up Heat On No-Show Diners

Sarah Butler | The Guardian | February 24, 2018 The declining fortunes of restaurants have prompted headlines recently, with 12 branches of Jamie Oliver’s Italian chain having shut their doors and other major outlets admitting to feeling the pinch. But some owners are fighting back. Restaurateurs from independents to major chains are naming and shaming

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Are Taprooms Killing The Corner Bar?

Brigid Sweeney | Crain’s Chicago Business | February 9, 2018 Jason Klein and Brad Shaffer, buddies since their 9-year-old hockey-playing days in the northwest suburbs, started talking about opening a bar in 2009. But after assessing the competitive landscape and the capital required, they nixed the idea. At the time, Klein was a dedicated Miller Lite drinker.

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High-End London Restaurant Launches Uber-Style Pricing Model

Samantha Raphelson | NPR | February 6, 2018 If you’ve ever tried to catch an Uber on a rainy day during rush hour or after the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, you’re familiar with dynamic pricing. That’s when the price of a ride costs more or less depending on the demand for drivers. The pricing strategy has

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