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Atlanta (June 2, 2015) – The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) have partnered together to create the first ever Georgia Restaurant Week. This inaugural seven day culinary event is aimed at increasing awareness about Georgia’s culinary scene and highlighting the state’s unique and varied dining options.
By: Robert Wagner, CPA
Atlanta Q1 2015 restaurant sales volume increased 5.5% over Q1 2014. For the quarter ended March 2015 positive sales gains were reported at 71% of the 103 independent Atlanta restaurants surveyed.
Source: National Restaurant Association
Should the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigate businesses on its own when no complaints have been filed?
That was the question at the center of a recent Senate committee hearing, when the EEOC’s investigation of alleged age discrimination by Texas Roadhouse was held up as an example of possible overreach by the agency. The EEOC brought a case against the Louisville, Ken.-based national chain in 2011, claiming the company refused to hire individuals 40 and over for front-of-the-house positions. The case is based on the EEOC’s assessment of Texas Roadhouse employees’ demographics rather than employee complaints of discrimination. The case has yet to be resolved.
Bed and Breakfast Property
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Listing Price: $1,800,000
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Fine Dining Restaurant
In The South Carolina Midlands
Listing Price: $1,230,000
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Atlanta (May 20, 2015) – The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) is now accepting nominations for the 9th Annual Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence (GRACE) Awards®, which recognize hospitality and food-service professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields. All award finalists are peer-nominated and this year’s gala will feature new award categories to honor the various individuals that contribute to the success of the restaurant industry.
By Christine Fonville
A café in Stone Mountain is giving deaf students a place to gain experience and get creative in the culinary arts through an innovative work-study program.
Source: Georgia Chamber Center for Competitiveness
Senate Bill 88 creates a new option for employers who wish to use alternative and more convenient forms of payment to their employees. Employers will now be authorized to use a prepaid payroll debit card account as a legal method of payment of wages to employees. Georgia law previously allowed for checks, cash, and direct deposit, but was silent on using prepaid debit cards as an authorized method. This method of payment is already common in other states, but some employers were reluctant to use this method until the state law was amended and clarified.
Source: The Daily Meal
Georgia tourism reps stopped by The Daily Meal kitchen and proved there is much more to the Peach State than peaches
Chef Holly Chute left New York 34 years ago to work as the official chef at the Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta, Georgia. At the time, she had no idea how to cook a biscuit, and she wasn’t sure what collard greens were. On Wednesday, she stopped by The Daily Meal — bringing with her fresh produce from the Southern state — and wowed us all with her knowledge of, enthusiasm for, and finesse in the cuisine of the Peach State.
Can your recipe stand up with the best-of-the-best chowders from across the country and beyond? Then come put it to the test at the Great Chowder Cook-Off, Saturday, June 6, 2015, and see if our thousands of attendees will vote yours as “The Best Chowder In The World”.