As Republican and Democratic leaders retrench in the wake of the game-changing 2010 mid-term elections, members of the restaurant industry are concerned about the long-term impact the contentious race will have on their already stressed businesses.
Saving money, energy and the environment were all valid reasons to pursue low-wattage lighting for use in Red Robin Gourmet Burgers’ restaurants. But ultimately it was how good the food looked under the dining table lamps that sealed the deal.
Chicago homebuilder Andrew “Drew” Ferris traded in his tool belt for an apron to become a franchisee of Moe’s Southwest Grill, but before signing a deal, he invested a little sweat equity in the brand.
Many in the restaurant industry, which employs an estimated 1.4 million immigrants, are hoping the government will pass a comprehensive reform bill that would secure borders, create a reliable verification program for foreign workers and establish a guest-worker program that addresses the industry’s growing need for employees.