Dems To Industry: Go Green Or Else
The National Restaurant Association’s newly launched “Conserve:
Solutions for Sustainability” initiative is good stuff, but operators
will have to embrace its dictates and more in a big hurry if they want
to get the catering contract at this year’s Democratic National
Convention. A peek at the Denver 2008 Convention Planning Committee’s
RFP for a Catering Vendor spells out hyper-rigid “green” standards
that could become the model for big events everywhere. One example: the
Democrats want servers to walk, bike, carpool or take the bus to and
from any event they work. No single occupancy vehicles!
You're Kidding. The After-Party Is At
They’re going for the grand slam of miracles at Denny’s, hoping
to make the aging family dining chain hipper, more relevant and more
profitable while spending next to nothing on marketing. How? The
always-open chain is rebranding its late-night daypart to better embrace
alternative rock bands, hoping their legions of twentysomething fans
will come along for the ride. Denny’s c.e.o. Nelson Marchioli thinks
he can boost late-night business by five percent—that’s $24 million
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