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Restaurants raise prices in lieu of leaving tips

Restaurants raise prices in lieu of leaving tips

Some New York and Chicago restaurants may opt to take tips off the table, according to The Wall Street Journal. The tip-free establishments would instead increase menu prices by as high as 15 percent and pay employees a higher hourly pay. It’s an idea that has restaurant operators in other cities asking, “Would it workMore »

Houston restaurant bans children under 9 after 7 p.m.

Houston restaurant bans children under 9 after 7 p.m.

Another restaurant has opted to ban children under the age of 9. This time, the restaurant will allow children until 7 p.m. The owner contents the store is family friendly. The policy is a reaction to customer complaints. While some residents think the decision is unfair, a number of patrons have expressed support. For moreMore »

Breastfeeding mom asked to leave dining room

Breastfeeding mom asked to leave dining room

Breastfeeding in public has made national headlines recently. An employee at Grampa’s Pizzeria, a new restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin, asked a breastfeeding mother to leave after a fellow patron complained. This sparked a viral backlash on social media. To read the entire story, click here.  On a related note: A server at Fong’s Pizza inMore »

Restaurant closes after landlord dispute

Restaurant closes after landlord dispute

Mama Mia’s Italian Restaurant in The Woodlands, Texas was forced to closed after an ongoing dispute between the owner and landlord. The operator placed umbrellas in a common area in the front of the restaurant to help block the sun, which violated the terms of the establishment’s lease. According to Your Houston News, the restaurantMore »

Summer pizza camp for kids

Summer pizza camp for kids

Humble Pie in Peoria, Arizona, will run a one-hour summer pizza camp for kids in July. According to the Phoenix New Times, kids can toss dough, make their own mozzarella and design their own pie. To read more, click here. Here are some quick tips to get kids begging their parents to come to yourMore »

2009 December: Hurry Up & Wait

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It’s a busy Friday night, people are lining up at the hostess stand, and someone asks you the question, “How long do we have to wait for a table?” You want to tell them 20 minutes and hope you’re right. If you underestimate and they end up waiting longer, they might walk out the door,More »

2009 October: Quick & Easy

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In June, Pizza Hut announced it would spend $5 million to renovate its locations in Jacksonville, Florida. The investment would pay for a “transformation to a more contemporary look and improved customer experience” in the seven dine-in and 23 delivery and carryout restaurants in the area. If you want to update your restaurant’s look andMore »

Laundry: Hang to Dry

2009 August: Hang to Dry

For some pizza restaurant operators — such as those who use front and center items like table linens or who have extremely high-volume locations — whether or not to do the laundry in-house or use a laundry service is a no-brainer. In these instances the vote comes down squarely in favor of turning this aspectMore »