First Bite

Welcome to Nation’s Restaurant News’ newest podcast, First Bite. This podcast, hosted by digital editor Holly Petre, is your morning burst of news followed by a deep dive into one of the trending stories of ...more

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September 16, 2022 00:08:16
How one fine-dining restaurant is using NFTs

How one fine-dining restaurant is using NFTs

Welcome to Tech Tracker, where senior editor Joanna Fantozzi walks you through all the twists and turns in the technology world. This month, she’s talking about how one fine-dining restaurant turned to NFTs for its latest marketing push and what that could mean for the restaurant’s future; the latest in pizza robots, including a test with pizza giant Domino’s in Germany; and the latest technology at vendors like DoorDash and Lunchbox.   Listen to today’s episode to hear the latest in restaurant technology news straight from our technology reporter.   Plus, catch up on all the top news of the day with our daily news recap at the beginning of each episode.   Be sure to subscribe to First Bite wherever you get your podcasts or on Castos, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts. ...

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September 15, 2022 00:07:11
What a $22 minimum wage could mean

What a $22 minimum wage could mean

The new FAST Recovery Act from California, which was signed into law on Labor Day by Governor Gavin Newsom, has been heralded as bad for business by the businesses themselves. The act could raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers from $15 per hour to a ceiling of $22 per hour, based on the recommendation of a bipartisan council. This could be potentially deadly for some franchisees of major quick-service and fast-casual players who operate as small businesses, according to experts we’ve spoken to.   Hear what Joanna Fantozzi has to say about this and what one expert she spoke to had to say on the matter.   Plus, catch up on all the top news of the day with our daily news recap at the beginning of each episode.   Be sure to subscribe to First Bite wherever you get your podcasts or on Castos, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts. ...

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September 14, 2022 00:08:16
How Starbucks is standing out in the metaverse

How Starbucks is standing out in the metaverse

Starbucks has finally entered the metaverse. After a long waiting game, the quick-service chain has made its debut in the metaverse and it’s everything customers were waiting for and more. It far surpasses its restaurant competitors in terms of user capabilities and, as Joanna Fantozzi explains, it’s the most advanced in terms of what she deems “Loyalty 2.0.” This platform allows users to play games but also exchange tokens or NFTs for rewards in real life, something that’s new to the metaverse world for chain restaurants.   Hear senior editor Joanna Fantozzi explain everything ahead.   Plus, catch up on all the top news of the day with our daily news recap at the beginning of each episode.   Be sure to subscribe to First Bite wherever you get your podcasts or on Castos, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts. ...

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September 13, 2022 00:08:16
How Chipotle mastered TikTok

How Chipotle mastered TikTok

Chipotle has disabled a viral hack for $3 burritos. After TikTok users and social media users at large discovered a hack that allowed users to purchase a taco for $3 and jazz it up to equal a burrito, the chain reacted ­ — and swiftly. This comes in the wake of the brand partnering with a viral TikTok star, the corn kid, for a campaign. Chipotle clearly has its finger on the pulse, but will that help the brand survive in the long term?   I discuss what that means for the brand ahead.   Plus, catch up on all the top news of the day with our daily news recap at the beginning of each episode.   Be sure to subscribe to First Bite wherever you get your podcasts or on Castos, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts. ...

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September 12, 2022 00:07:28
Should you remove lobster from your menu?

Should you remove lobster from your menu?

Monterey Bay Aquarium, whose Seafood Watch list of fish and shellfish to consume or avoid based on their environmental impact is widely regarded as the industry standard, on Tuesday moved American lobster from the North Atlantic onto its “red” list of species to avoid due to concerns over fishing practices that it said could harm the endangered North Atlantic right whale and other species. Previously the crustacean had been listed as “yellow,” or a good alternative, from most fisheries. The best choices according to Seafood Watch are listed as “green.”   The southern New England fishery had already been deemed “red” due to right whale endangerment and concerns over the possible effects of large-scale lobster fishing in the area, which it said was “likely underestimated,” but the new list now recommends avoiding American lobster from all of Canada and the Northeastern United States, wrote Bret Thorn for nrn.com.   Now, hear what he has to say about the future of lobster on menus.   Plus, catch up on all the top news of the day with our daily news recap at the beginning of each episode.   Be sure to subscribe to First Bite wherever you get your podcasts or on Castos, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts. ...

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September 09, 2022 00:07:18
Behind the latest automation trend for restaurants

Behind the latest automation trend for restaurants

Automation has been on the restaurant industry’s back burner for years. While companies like Miso Robotics have long dazzled the media with burger-flipping and wing-frying robots, it wasn’t until the current labor crisis that restaurant AI evolved from a promotional experiment to a permanent solution. In recent months, the pizza industry has far and away become the preeminent leader in kitchen robotics, with pizzeria automation companies like Piestro and Picnic Works signing partnerships with emerging pizza chains in need of cost-cutting solutions, Joanna Fantozzi wrote in a recent feature for NRN.com.   Plus, catch up on all the top news of the day with our daily news recap at the beginning of each episode.   Be sure to subscribe to First Bite wherever you get your podcasts or on Castos, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts. ...

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