Current News

Leadership change

Best Western Hotels and Resorts, a chain of 13 hotel brands in 100 countries, announced today that its board of directors has elected hotel owner-operator Anthony Klok to be the company’s chairman of the board for 2019.

Legal

Two former labor department officials presented conflicting views last month on how the National Labor Relations Board should finalize the definition of "joint employment" pertaining to relationships between companies and their independent contractors and franchisees on workplace labor violations.

This heated dispute was regarded by prominent attendees as being one of the biggest pending issues to face the labor board.

Papa John's logo is stripped from the University of Louisville's Cardinal Stadium
Foodservice

As investors and rumors of private equity firms hover over Papa John’s, franchisees think they can be a power broker for those interested in controlling the company.

Baskin-Robbins new display case
Foodservice

Baskin-Robbins revealed the first peek of a new store design in a Fresno, California ice cream shop today. It plans to roll out the new store design nationwide in 2019.

Briefings from Other Trade Journals

A pair of restaurant journalists take a deeper look at what seems to be a turn toward elevated tensions between restaurant franchisors and franchisees, discussing such brands as McDonald’s, Jack in the Box, Papa John’s, Applebee's, Tim Hortons and Subway.

Good ratings significantly affect a restaurant's revenues, writes Dennis Zink in the Herald-Tribune, a Sarasota, Florida, newspaper, citing Harvard Business School researcher Michael Luca. A quick scan of a Luca research paper about Yelp reveals that, according to him, Yelp's ratings have little effect on chains, but significant effect on independent restaurants.

U.S. Beef announced on Wednesday the sale of all its restaurants, passing the mantle of largest Arby's restaurant franchisee to RB American Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Flynn Restaurant Group. Flynn is also a franchise operator of Applebee's, Panera Bread and Taco Bell.

Roger Wittenberns, 62, founder of franchise fitness chain Lady of America, pled guilty to DUI manslaughter in the fatal 2016 car crash that killed J. Gerald Smith, 82, an Uber driver. Wittenberns crashed his Lamborghini Murciélago into the front driver's side of Smith's Buick Enclave SUV.

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