Kona Grill: Riding a Wave of Trouble
Boy, you think it's tricky keeping your restaurant's head above
water right now. Be glad you're not in Marcus Jundt's shoes. He's
chairman, president and c.e.o. of the 22-unit upscale casual dining
chain Kona Grill, and he’s taking heavy fire, very publicly, from his
investors. Their complaint: lousy same-store sales, a stock price swoon
and share dilution via a below-market rights offering limited to Jundt's
father. Their forum: Kona's first quarter conference call, where open
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Everybody Into The Tip Pool
With so many industries cutting jobs and closing plants, restaurants
have come to be seen as newly desirable places to work. That's true
despite what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics turned up in its annual
Occupation and Employment Wage Estimates, released last week. The report
showed that the foodservice industry is dead last—still—in worker
compensation. With wages so low, it's no wonder tip-pooling lawsuits
have been filed against chains like Brinker International and Dave &
Buster's and independents like Nobu. We hope you’re not next.
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