There's some good news for restaurant owners this week: Sales seem to be rebounding, reaching a record $45.9 billion in April. Restaurant operators can find ways to minimize potential health care penalties in the Affordable Care Act’s fine print. Marketing experts say an Arizona restaurateur made a serious misstep in firing back at negative online reviews. Upstart chefs are tweaking barbecue’s venerable traditions. And restaurants are offering lower-calorie cocktails to cater to weight-conscious consumers.
• How to minimize health care penalties. Restaurant operators who must offer coverage to hourly workers can find meaningful options in the Affordable Care Act. (Forbes)
• Online reviews can make or break. Marketing experts say an Arizona restaurateur made a serious misstep in firing back at negative online criticism. (Associated Press/NPR)
• Chefs take on barbecue. Up-and-coming chefs are rethinking barbecue's venerable traditions. (The Wall Street Journal)