As a restaurant owner you have the right to not hire a jobseeker with piercings or tattoos that you feel do not fit into the type of establishment you own. One big exception to that, however, are tattoos and piercing that have religious significance, Restaurant Hospitality says. Either way, it is wise to have a policy in place that addresses some of the following issues:
* Make sure what you institute is reviewed by your lawyer and is not in violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
* Be consistent with state and local laws
* Develop a legitimate reason for a dress and appearance code
* Take all religious and discriminatory claims seriously
* Know your clientele. Courts do sometimes ask for supporting evidence to support claims that tattoos and piercings are a customer turnoff that is damaging your business
BPA Coatings Get Thumbs Up
Once considered a cause of cancer, BPA, the plastic used in bottles, can linings, and several other products that come in contact with food, has temporarily received a clean bill of health from European officials, Food Quality & Safety reports. BPA was once banned by the Europeans as a possible cancer-causing agent. In the U.S., however, the FDA continues to study BPA, but notes that its use at current levels is safe for human use.
Technology Will Reshape Your Business – reread this ….nothing makes sense
Think that menu boards and cellphone orders are changing your business? Wait until you see electronic tabletop menus, electronic “noses” and” tongues” that can measure taste and smell of the foods you serve before your guests actually eat anything, or a robotic chef that can cook 400 hamburgers an hour. Then there is the restaurant’s electronic environment guests can actually control from their seats from a selection on the virtual jukebox to the lighting above the table. Once you get everything tableside to your liking in the future, experts predict that your drone server will be right with you. Sounds crazy? Yo Sushi! has already trialed these devices in its restaurants, while in Russia Dodo Pizza began delivering pizzas by 'domicopter' last year, The Telegraph of London reports.
Farm-To-Table Movement Will Help Local Farmers
While more local restaurants embrace the farm-to-table movement, local farmers are only just beginning to benefit from the trend, The Los Angeles Times reports. Small family farms have long struggled to survive as most farmers need a second job to make ends meet. Now, however, there is hope for the viability of the small farm, which the local food movement has kindled and its popularity among diners will hopefully continue to embrace and allow it to grow as a sustainable alternative for fresh foods.
Pop-up Dining Proliferates
While the idea of pop-up restaurants is not new, turning the innovative concept into an industry is. Welcome to Dinner Lab, a concept that charges a monthly fee for the privilege of meeting fellow diners in nondescript locations to experience communal dining experiences with some of America’s top emerging chefs. Dinner Lab is now in 24 cities with thousands of members, CBS News reports. The brain child of Dinner Lab, David Bordainick, stresses the creative side of fine dining and allows its guest chefs to offer a level of service and interaction with patrons not usually found in established restaurants. The idea is so popular, Bordainick is now raising investment dollars from his clients to further expand the concept into what he is calling a disruptive dining trend that is fun, exciting, and growing in popularity.
If You Cannot Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em
Although green crabs have been found in U.S. waters for over a century, New England clam lovers have declared war on the aggressive little crustaceans. Why? Global warming has helped green crabs multiply like, well, crabs. That is bad enough. What’s worse is the fact that they are feasting on a Yankee favorite – clams. And that, my friends, means war... especially for Bostonians. They not only capture the “enemy,” they are eating them, too. And according to The Boston Globe, they are savoring the taste of victory. Chefs claim the green crab as a fresh ocean-sweet flavor that are making for some savory dishes at the likes of Boston’s famed Legal Seafood.
Beware Of Patent Trolls
Patent trolls are those companies that buy up obscure patents and then try to sue restaurants for their supposed use in common products and technologies unless a licensing fee is paid. If you have not been bothered by such nuisance claims, congratulations. But you are far from safe. According to the National Restaurant Association, the trolls cost the economy a whopping $20 billion a year. Last year, more than 3,700 lawsuits were filed by these companies and more are expected this year. The NRA recently joined United for Patent Reform, which is a coalition of industries asking Congress to tighten up the guidelines that can lead to so-called patent infringement lawsuits. You can also help by telling your representative that you are supportive of legislation to stop patenting trolls that could cost you a bundle.