Displaying items tagged: Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association

Monday, 08 August 2022 17:58

‘LONG OVERDUE:’ Restaurant workers welcome higher wages, benefits as owners warn of closures

While restaurant owners have warned of impending industry collapse — or at least uncertain operating conditions — of swiftly strengthening the state’s minimum wage and paid sick leave requirements, their workers have welcomed recent developments that they say ensure economic stability.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 20 July 2022 18:08

Court ruling could upend business model for some restaurants and bars 

Chris Weavers is “terrified” by a court ruling handed down Tuesday that immediately raises wages for workers who rely on tips to offset their hourly wage.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 20 July 2022 11:31

Biz groups ‘stunned’ by adopt-and-amend ruling; warn of restaurant and lodging closures

Statewide business advocacy groups are raising alarms over a Tuesday court ruling that determined state lawmakers in 2018 illegally watered down ballot initiatives that would have strengthened the state’s minimum wage and paid sick leave requirements.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 16 May 2022 15:23

Hospitality industry still struggling through staffing, supply chain shortages

A recent survey of nearly 150 Michigan restaurant and hotel owners shows that most are still struggling with inadequate staffing and supply chain disruptions, and almost all employers are raising wages for their workers to address staffing shortages. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 07 November 2021 18:05

Restaurant and bar owners navigate a labor pool in which workers now hold the bargaining power

Kevin Farhat has a fully staffed Garage Bar & Grill near downtown Grand Rapids, and he’s hired about 30 more people to work at a new location opening soon in Ada.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 15 August 2021 17:50

West Mich. commercial real estate outlook gradually improving, reports find

West Michigan commercial real estate experts see slowly improving activity in retail and office markets that were particularly harmed by remote work and talent shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, 25 March 2021 16:46

Kent County waives food service licensing fees for 2021

Kent County restaurant owners will get a break from paying food service licensing fees for 2021 after county commissioners approved the one-time waiver on Thursday.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 02 March 2021 15:48

Whitmer administration loosens capacity restrictions under ‘cautious’ COVID-19 reopening

The Whitmer administration on Tuesday announced a series of loosened COVID-19 restrictions statewide, including allowing restaurants and bars to double their indoor capacity from 25 percent to 50 percent and allowing visitations at long-term care facilities.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 10 February 2021 17:05

Hospitality group provides health screening, contact tracing software to Michigan restaurants under new partnership

The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association is partnering with a virtual restaurant management company powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide its members with health screening and contact tracing software.

Published in Health Care

Thursday, 14 January 2021 13:47

West Michigan real estate forecast: Sectors will continue to adapt, recover some with COVID-19 vaccine

Real estate experts from Colliers International’s West Michigan office predict the market in 2021 will have pent-up demand with some improvement in most sectors from last year. But that will depend on the rate of COVID-19 cases and how the vaccine is rolled out.

Friday, 18 December 2020 10:06

Business groups urge Whitmer to sign property tax forgiveness bill

Business groups are urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to sign legislation that would forgive fines, late fees and interest on unpaid summer 2020 property tax bills.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 15 December 2020 12:30

Grim national survey of hotels, restaurants show mass closures without additional federal aid

Additional mass closings and staff layoffs in the hospitality industry are expected without additional federal aid for businesses, according to recent surveys by national hotel and restaurant trade groups.

Published in Economic Development

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 15:56

Restaurant, hospitality groups sue state over latest COVID-19 orders

The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association and two hospitality businesses filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the head of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in response to new business restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Monday, 02 November 2020 12:58

Restaurant owners ready to comply with latest order, but question effectiveness

Restaurant owners are seeking clarification from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on last week’s revised emergency order requiring bars and restaurants to gather names and contact information from patrons. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 11 October 2020 16:51

West Michigan convention centers gear up for returning business

Convention centers across West Michigan are gearing up for business following recent orders from state officials, hoping to return as key drivers of economic activity in communities.

Published in Economic Development

Thursday, 17 September 2020 11:37

Bills would exempt PPE purchases from sales, use tax for employers

Employers could buy pandemic-related personal protection equipment without having to pay state sales or use taxes under proposed statewide legislation.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 11:16

Hospitality group seeks state policy support ahead of fall, winter uncertainty

The trade group for Michigan’s hospitality industry has launched a new campaign seeking state support to further reopen ahead of what’s expected to be a challenging fall and winter after the tourism season ends.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 08 May 2020 14:00

Restaurant association offers safety guidelines with request to reopen industry May 29

The trade association representing Michigan restaurants issued guidelines and a checklist today for reopening.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 05:17

State permits restaurants to sell food, pantry items

LANSING — The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association and the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development have announced a partnership that will enable restaurants to sell food and pantry items that currently can be sold only by grocery and retail stores.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 23 December 2018 15:14

Crystal Ball 2019 Outlook Q&A: Justin Winslow, Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association

Justin Winslow leads the newly formed Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association created through the merger of the Michigan Restaurant Association and Check In Michigan, formerly known as the Michigan Lodging & Tourism Association. Winslow previously led the MRA. The merger created one of the largest trade groups in Lansing that represents businesses statewide that collectively employ more than 595,000 people and generate $40 billion in annual sales. That’s 12.5 percent of the state’s total workforce and nearly 10 percent of Michigan’s GDP, respectively.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 25 November 2018 20:14

Q&A: Justin Winslow, Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association

The merger of the Michigan Restaurant Association and Check In Michigan, formerly known as the Michigan Lodging & Tourism Association, creates one of the largest trade groups advocating for business in Lansing. 

Published in Small Business