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Commodity pressure mixed in early 2012
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As restaurant operators head into 2012, industry forecasters and even the USDA are calling for beef and poultry prices to increase by 9 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, the cost for corn, soybean and wheat also has been predicted to increase despite an additional combined 6-million-acre increase to their growing regions in the U.S. But not every analyst and forecaster is predicting an increase in commodities heading into 2012. More

Poll: 61 percent of Americans expect to spend less dining out
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Americans still suffering under the prolonged economic downturn say they're going to cut back on dining out. A recent poll of about 2,500 people showed that 61 percent of American adults believe they're likely to cut spending on restaurant meals in the next six months. Some 58 percent will also spend less on entertainment. More

Report: Restaurant costs will continue to rise in 2012
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According to research and data agency Fitch Ratings, U.S. restaurant food and beverage costs will rise by 5 percent or more in 2012, and increase for the second year in a row. Larger chains, however, are in a good position to avoid significant margin erosion through modest same-store sales growth, menu management and heavy reliance on low-cost franchising, according to a release. More

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100 million Americans to visit restaurants for New Year's Eve
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An estimated 100 million Americans will ring in the new year either by visiting a restaurant or bar or by ordering takeout or delivery from a foodservice establishment, according to a new study. In addition, the study found that half of all adults are planning to celebrate the holidays by dining out with family or friends over the next couple of weeks. More

10 things to look for in a franchise
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With more than 574,000 restaurants in the country, there are enough restaurant franchise opportunities to make your head spin. Almost 50 percent of these restaurants are brand concepts, not independently owned. It is important that prospective franchise buyers are well equipped with the knowledge to spot the franchising opportunity that matches their goals and provides the best chance of success. More

7 tips for a successful restaurant Facebook page
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Every time a customer dines with you and then clicks the "like" button on your Facebook page, all of that person's friends receive a notification that they've done so. The average user, according to Facebook, has 150 friends. There's nothing quite as sweet as free advertising, but how do you get customers to "like" your restaurant? Dave Gonyor, CEO of That's Biz, a Bloomfield Hills, Michigan-based company that provides online marketing options for restaurants, offers his tips. More

Minimum wage: San Francisco 1st city to top $10 an hour
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Come New Year's Day, San Francisco will make history by becoming the first city in the U.S. to scale a $10 minimum wage. The city's hourly wage for its lowest-paid workers will hit $10.24, more than $2 above the California minimum wage and nearly $3 more than the working wage set by the federal government. More

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OpenTable diners pick top 100 restaurants of 2011
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OpenTable, Inc. recently announced the Diners' Choice Awards for the top 100 best restaurants in the United States. The list of winners is derived from more than 10 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The honorees span 34 states and Washington, D.C. More

Report: Restaurant breakfasts increasingly popular
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At the moment, the breakfast segment makes up 12 percent of total restaurant sales — or about $42 billion a year, according to research group Technomic. But a.m. patronage is growing, especially at fast-food chains. The limited-service segment, which also includes fast casual restaurants such as Panera Bread Co., has added more than 230 new breakfast items in the past two years. More

The ageless meatball is the new menu trendsetter
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How could meatballs, one of the oldest comfort foods, become one of the leading menu trendsetters? Simple: They offer unlimited flavor and menu versatility to creative chefs looking for ways to spike customer menu interests, and make a handsome profit at the same time. More

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