- Chain news: Quaker Steak & Lube hired a new CEO and California Pizza Kitchen began the rollout of its new menu, dubbed the Next Chapter.
- Finance: First quarter results of 2014 began rolling out. IHOP's sales were up 3.9 percent. Applebee's decreased 0.5 percent, marking the third quarter in a row that its sales have been in the red. Buffalo Wild Wing's sales rose 5-6 percent across its company-owned and franchised restaurants. Del Frisco's Restaurant Group enjoyed a 1.6 percent increase in sales across its three brands.
- Policy: Senate Democrats' efforts to raise the minimum wage stalled, as they were six votes shy of overcoming a Senate Republican filibuster.
- Health: 71 percent of consumers are unsure of how much protein they need daily. We explain how restaurants can benefit from educating diners about protein.
- Economy: Restaurant job growth grew at 3.7 percent in 2013, more than double the 1.7 percent overall gain in the U.S. economy. Nevada, Texas, and Washington, D.C., posted the strongest gains.
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