Outdoor dining is helping restaurants stay alive. It also comes with a lot of challenges.

Aug 24, 2020
Business owners are battling with limited space, unpredictable weather and unwanted pests.
New Yorkers dine outdoors in the East Village in July. Outdoor dining has become a lifeline for struggling restaurants, but it can cost them, too.
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The restaurant industry is already struggling to stay afloat

Mar 17, 2020
With coronavirus keeping people at home, restaurants are shutting their doors and shifting their business models to adapt to the crisis.
An empty restaurant, like this one was on Monday in Brooklyn, is an increasingly common sight across the U.S.
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Restaurant gift cards are getting more popular as holiday presents

Jan 10, 2020
As gift giving has shifted toward experiences and not physical items, restaurant gift cards are getting more popular. And restaurants are catching on.
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New overtime rule won't slam employers, say experts

Sep 25, 2019
Many employers are already prepared for the rule change.
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Unpredictable schedules are part of the retail gig but new policies could change that

Jun 13, 2019
But there are budding efforts to give hourly workers in those fields more dependable hours.
Many retail and service workers have to work night shifts and then return to work the next morning, dubbed "clopening."
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My Economy: Starting a small business in Echo Park

Apr 5, 2019
Maurice Harris wanted to open a coffee shop when he saw his neighborhood changing. The process wasn't easy.
Maurice Harris is the owner of Bloom & Plume Coffee in Echo Park in Los Angeles, California.
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Tender Greens CEO weighs in on retail and food service

Sep 17, 2018
Denyelle Bruno shares the spaces she finds most inspiring, including the "Radiohead of grocery retail."
Tender Greens is the fast-casual restaurant chain you may not have heard of.
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Curtis Stone (righ) opened Gwen, his Hollywood butcher shop and restaurant, alongside older brother Luke Stone (left).
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The fastest-growing job market is also the least-paying

Aug 4, 2017
Today’s jobs report was unexpectedly good: The economy added 209,000 jobs in July. But a deeper dig into the data shows that one of the fastest-growing parts of the job market is the one that pays the least. And that may be one reason why wages are ticking up so slowly. Click the audio player […]

What's the purpose of a minimum wage?

Jul 7, 2017
We check in on the employer side of the minimum wage debate to see how policies impact businesses.
Food preparation at 71Above, in Los Angeles, CA.
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