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.

 
Restaurant sales hit all-time highs. Sales reached $45.9 billion in April. (USA Today)
 
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)
 
Slimming cocktail calorie counts. "Skinny" and "slender" drink options at restaurants cater to weight-conscious drinkers. (Advertising Age)