Posts by Aaron Wise

Restaurant Workers Would Rather Stay Home and Collect Unemployment?

Fact-checking this claim reveals mostly exaggeration, yet with a tinge of truth. First, the tinge of truth. It is true that the weekly $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which…

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Exclusive Restaurant Industry Analysis from QSR’s Danny Klein

“So you’re seeing some chains like Papa John’s and Wingstop, who are setting these record-high numbers. Then, on the other side of that coin, you have full-service restaurants who are…

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New Orleans, Beaumont, Galveston, and Lafayette Restaurants Brace for Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura is a Category 4 hurricane that will likely be the worst hurricane to hit Beaumont, Lafayette, and other Northwest gulf coast cities in over a century. Coastal restaurants…

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How Restaurants Are Doubly Penalized by Authorised Guarantee Agreements

At their lowest moment — already unable to make rent — a restaurant owner can be kicked again while down. The Authorised Guarantee Agreement specifies that an outgoing tenant can…

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Exclusive Comments from Today’s Restaurant Owners

“We’re doing a lot more sanitation. Everybody’s wearing masks. We closed our dining room.” So began our phone conversation last week with Ohio chef Jordan Hamons, enumerating practices that nearly…

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Listed Restaurants Continue to Outperform Owner-Operated Establishments

One in four restaurants will permanently close by the end of the year, costing the country millions of jobs and at least one full percentage point of GDP. Yet for…

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Insights from an Alabama Restaurant Operator

Although national statistics and insights from restaurant lobbyists on Capitol Hill can be helpful, sometimes the best place to go for real advice is a local owner-operator. So we called…

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Expert Insights for Restaurant Owners from OpenTable and Upwork

Two restaurant industry experts share their insights regarding the state of the restaurant industry. Debby Soo, OpenTable’s new CEO, discussed on television her outlook for U.S. restaurants amid the COVID-19…

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Chuck Schumer Cosponsors Restaurants Act of 2020, Support Exceeds 38%

Since our analysis one week ago, cosponsorship of the Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive (RESTAURANTS) Act of 2020 has increased by 14 lawmakers in…

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Cloud Kitchens Become Green Shoots Within Restaurants

Cloud kitchens, also known as ghost kitchens, are virtual restaurant brands that have distinct listings on food delivery apps, yet share a physical kitchen with other “restaurants.” For example, the…

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