Philippe the Original Honored

July 9, 2014By Jean Hagan

KROST was thrilled to participate in the event honoring our client, Philippe The Original as the recipient of the Elizabeth Burns Lifetime Achievement Award. The event held on June 6th at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica was well attended by industry leaders anxious to honor this iconic and important contributor to the LA restaurant … Read More

Border Grill Honored at National Restaurant Show

July 9, 2014By Jean Hagan

Krost congratulates our client Border Grill for the Menu Masters Hall of Fame Award they received as part of the Nation’s Restaurant News Menu Master Event. More than 400 guests attended the awards put on by Nation’s Restaurant News during NRA week in Chicago. Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken were inducted into the Menu … Read More

AB 2130 Repeal

July 9, 2014By Jean Hagan

A little bit of good news from Sacramento – the repeal of AB 2130 which went into effect January 1st, 2014. This assembly bill mandated that any employee, including bartenders and tasting room staff, to wear gloves when handling edible ready-to-eat food including bar garnishes and cheese plates. Local health departments couldn’t even come up … Read More

The Current Economics of California Restaurants

July 9, 2014By Jean Hagan

If you listen to most speakers they spend an inordinate amount of time preaching doom and gloom with some political undertones sprinkled throughout the presentations. I always find it necessary to look at the data as well – but that’s just me? We have attended so many conferences recently – CRA Lobby Day, UCLA Restaurant … Read More

Paid Sick Leave for Restaurant Employees

July 9, 2014By Jean Hagan

This proposed Assembly Bill (AB 1522) by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) will require employers to provide up to 24 hours of paid, protected sick leave per year for each employee. The accrued paid leave can be rolled over from year to year and currently, a doctor’s note is not required to verify the … Read More

ACA Update

July 9, 2014By Jean Hagan

Greg Kniss and Jean Hagan of Krost attended the ACA update at the NRA Show in Chicago. The presenters were Michelle Neblett, Director of Labor and Workforce Policy and Randy Spicer, VP of Health and Insurance Services. As for the ACA, there have been some minor changes on the administrative side but nothing material. There … Read More

Here We Go Again – Minimum Wage

July 9, 2014By Jean Hagan

The minimum wage topic is being written every year now and there doesn’t seem to be a respite anytime soon. This issue is a vote driver and as much as it pains the restaurant operator, legislators are playing to their audience – the voters that are affected by wage increases, our employees – not the … Read More

Good Night to Service Charges

February 3, 2014By Jean Hagan

IRS Revenue Ruling 2012-18 is now in effect for all restaurant operations that attaches a service charge to their guests’ checks. This has actually always been the proper way to handle these types of transactions but the ruling is a warning of the IRS’ intention to now audit and enforce this procedure. Most restaurants have … Read More

Case Study #1006 Mandatory service Charge vs. Discretionary Tipping

February 3, 2014By Jean Hagan

Mandatory service Charge vs. Discretionary Tipping is a relevant case study in regards to the recent change in service charge income: A client wanted to calculate the advantage of adding an 18% service charge to all guest checks and disallow tipping. In this case, I have left the hourly wage for tipped employees at $8.00 … Read More

Client Profile – Mary Sue Milliken

February 3, 2014By Jean Hagan

Mary Sue Milliken has been an influence on the Los Angeles Chef and restaurant scene since the early eighties. Co-founder of the beloved City Café in the early eighties and the Border Grill restaurant group in the mid-eighties, Milliken has been a part of the culinary rebirth of Los Angeles. A cookbook author and TV … Read More