Labor crunch besets restaurants as dining demand rises (Bloomberg) 
A labor crunch is cooking in the restaurant industry as venues from San Francisco to New York increase wages and benefits to attract cooks, servers and dishwashers.
 
—Ron Ruggless

Popeyes plucks Burke for communications (O'Dwyer's)
Atlanta-based Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. has named former JetBlue Airways public relations veteran Todd Burke as vice president of corporate communications.

—Lisa Jennings

How California's drought is affecting bars (Punch)
We know California’s drought is impacting restaurant menus. Here’s a look at how it’s affecting the bar side of operations.

—Lisa Jennings

9/11 museum restaurant to be scaled back (New York Post)
Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group, which is providing foodservice for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York, is changing plans, moving away from a full-service comfort food restaurant with beer and wine to a venue serving pastries, tea and coffee.

—Bret Thorn

Food-focused crowdfunding platform opens for business (Food & Wine)
A Kickstarter-inspired portal has been set up for aspiring food entrepreneurs.

—Bret Thorn