Richard Martin

Articles by Richard Martin
Hard to swallow at its worst, democracy dishes up its more delicious virtues daily 
Our hard-luck economy and two long years of politicking have me recalling the immortal words...
Presidents’ Panel focuses on improving margins amid economic slump 
True to a now-49-year tradition, the Presidents’ Panel was a centerpiece of the Multi-Unit Foodservice...
MSNBC’s Matthews offers insights on election, economy 
Seeking insights into possible political cures for the economic crisis, chain leaders at this year’s...
Calif.’s menu-labeling law reflects operators’ proactive lobbying, patron-pleasing potential 
As a native Californian, I’ve both welcomed and winced at the world’s varying opinions of...
Yum volunteers on-menu calorie data, seeks U.S. law like Calif.’s, but tougher 
Franchisor Yum! Brands, whose Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut systems anchor the world’s largest...
Searching for a savior 
As voters and pundits weigh one candidate’s controversial views about economic fundamentals against the other’s...
Moguls who revert to their entrepreneurial roots stir up the pot for hot-concept trend watchers 
You may have noticed that several multimillionaire restaurant moguls have devised new careers backing independent,...
Evolving consumers, pressure to cut labor costs affect never-ending quest for the Next Big Thing 
Readers of this publication know there still are plenty of bullish operators out there who...
Restaurateurs conscripted to be immigration cops are no match for reforms needed in post-Bush era 
Government-issued “no-match” letters are back in the news, but not in a good way....
Sen. John McCain brings presidential campaign to the NRA show 
Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who is his party’s presumed nominee for president, was...
Speeches, soirees highlight NRA confab 
This city’s hospitality industry relished the National Restaurant Association’s 89th annual trade show and the...
Smaller NRA show crowd split on how to beat slump 
Attendees and hosts of the 2008 National Restaurant Association trade show here served up a...
Weathering the perfect storm economy 
It took a nonfiction best seller and Hollywood’s Oscar-nominated adaptation to establish “perfect storm” in...
Docs seeking Rx for health might ask restaurants: When time is right for good diet, will you be ready? 
Watch enough TV these days, and you may see more ads for pharmaceuticals than for...
Wendy’s rejects new Arby’s merger plan, $900M offer 
A year after a special board committee began weighing a possible sale of the company,...
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