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Harri, launched its integration with Facebook’s job posting tool. As one of the launch partners leveraging Facebook’s API, Harri is giving clients yet another way to attract talent with automatic job posting to the Facebook network of two billion monthly active users. This integration streamlines the hiring workflow and provides a seamless experience for Harri clients and Facebook users alike.

Using the Harri x Facebook connection, employers’ open positions will be posted on Facebook via Harri’s Job Distributor tool, which gets jobs in front of millions with just one click.

A majority of new restaurant jobs have gone to Millennials in recent years. The share of restaurant jobs held by 20-to-24-year-olds rose from 21.4 percent in 2007 to 24.2 percent in 2014, while 25-to-34-year-olds also took on a larger role in the restaurant workforce. This demographic of 18-to-34-year-olds is set to make up 75 percent of the total U.S. workforce by 2025, and are also the largest demographic on Facebook. Furthermore, Generation Z, which is comprised of roughly 82 million Americans born in 1996 or later, is preparing to enter the workforce. These true digital natives require a unique approach in both hiring and retention.

Luke Fryer
Luke Fryer

“The competition for hospitality talent is fierce, and Millennial talent – which make up 83 percent of the hospitality market – needs to be approached differently,” said Luke Fryer, Harri’s CEO & Founder.  “A key feature of the Harri Workforce OS platform is ensuring our clients can easily present their openings to the broadest possible network of talent. Not only do social platforms like Facebook have tremendous reach, but they allow employees to tap into their networks to create inbound interest. In the case of Facebook, we’re tapping into a network of 2 billion people – including job seekers who fit the demographic that are most apt to be applying for hospitality jobs.”

Facebook’s Product Manager for Jobs, Gaurav Dosi,said, “40 percent of U.S. small businesses report that filling jobs was more difficult than they expected, which is challenging when you consider that these small businesses also employ nearly half of the country’s workforce,” Dosi said in a statement provided to us by Facebook. “Facebook’s goal is to take the work out of finding a local job and hiring the right people. This partnership with Harri is another way we’re making the process even easier for people and businesses alike.”

The integration of the Harri platform with the Facebook network has already been completed, allowing Harri clients in the U.S. to leverage this powerful partnership effective immediately. (U.K. clients will be able to leverage this partnership in Q4 2017.)

Modern College Dining

Rutgers University Newark and Gourmet Dining LLC have come together to bring the RU-N community a brand new dining experience. The campus’ flag-ship Stonsby Dining Hall has made a complete transformation in style and design and introduces a modern approach to college dining.

The highlight of the program showcased a variety of new dining options at the popular Stonsby Dining Hall. The experience will include a fresh salad and soup bar, a classic made-to-order New Jersey Diner with a kiosk ordering system, a made from scratch bakery, an international cuisine station that celebrates RU-N’s Nation-leading diversity, daily vegan and vegetarian options, an in-house homemade pizza station, a create your own home kitchen and exciting pop-up restaurants like Crazy Quesadilla, Sushi Sensation, Mac and Cheese Factory and more.

Gourmet Dining and the Frungillo family  bring the RU-N community a dining experience complete with wellness and sustainability programs including interactive tools to identify the 8 major allergens, innovative menu options that are sourced locally and community- based events focused on gathering. Gourmet Dining is committed to supporting the local community and has extended its reach beyond the campus borders and partnered with many local vendors such as Aerofarms, Palermos Bakery, and Newark’s Clean Coffee. In an effort to address food waste and food insecurity, Gourmet has pledged to give back to local organizations such as St. Johns Soup Kitchen, Claim it and the RUN Food Pantry.

Stonsby Dining Hall opened on Monday, Oct. 2. Guests sipped on local themed Mocktails, enjoyed cooking classes with Celebrity Chef Jehangir Mehta in the Teaching Kitchen, dined on local favorites from our “Taste of Newark” and experienced cutting-edge Indian themed dishes from celebrity Chef Bal Arneson. This was also a very special moment for the Frungillo family whose first dining location was opened in the 1920’s on 97 Mount Prospect and with the opening of Stonsby Dining Hall, they continue serving the Newark community for over 100 years.

Gourmet Dining LLC is the leading New Jersey based Higher Education Food Service company serving over 75 percent of the NJ market place, employing more than 2,000 employees.

First IHOP Express Opens

 IHOP® Restaurants opened the first post-security airport location, an IHOP Express®, located at Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport in Terminal E. The newest location is in response to longtime guest demand and part of the brand’s growth strategy, which includes expanding its overall traditional restaurant footprint, introducing smaller prototype restaurants, and building its portfolio of locations at captive places such as airports, travel centers, casinos and universities.

Photo by Steve Gould

During development, D&B Mitchell Group, franchisee of the IHOP Express at DFW Airport, kept travelers top of mind by adding unique, location-specific features such as:

  • A Coffee Bar with specialty drinks like lattes and espresso beverages
  • Grab ‘n Go hot items including burritos and bowls
  • A full bar with wine, spirits, brunch-inspired cocktails, and local craft beers

“The opening of IHOP Express at DFW Airport demonstrates our commitment to being where our guests are today, and where they want us to be in the future,” said Darren Rebelez, President, IHOP. “We continue to build on, refine and enhance all areas of the business that have made IHOP a leader in family dining, including expanding our total number of restaurants and introducing new formats that meet guest needs.”

Today, there are more than 1,750 IHOP restaurants around the world – all franchised owned and operated. 

“We’re pleased to have D&B Mitchell Group, who was voted the 2017 Concessionaire of the Year by the Regional Minority Enterprises Agency, join the IHOP Family and serve as owner and operator of the IHOP Express at DFW,” continued Rebelez. “Their reputation for consistently providing an exceptional guest experience in their restaurants aligns perfectly with IHOP’s core values.”

“Our team is incredibly proud of the work that went into bringing the IHOP brand to DFW Airport,” said Don Mitchell, Senior Partner at D&B Mitchell Group, the Dallas-based company that owns and operates the IHOP Express at DFW Airport. “Our goal is to provide the same great, freshly made food that IHOP is known for along with the fast and convenient service that busy travelers are looking for, without compromising on the hospitable dining experience that makes the brand stand out.”

By the end of this year, approximately 80-95 new IHOP restaurants are expected to open with the majority of the locations being in the U.S. The brand also added to its global portfolio in 2017, launching concepts in Thailand, Lebanon, and India. Additionally, the entire IHOP system is undergoing a design transformation — the most robust remodel program in the brand’s nearly 60-year history. By the end of 2018, approximately 1,000 IHOP restaurants will showcase the new image and the entire system will be updated by the end of 2020. The remodel program, which is expected to total close to $200 million once complete, accounts for changing guest preferences and includes technology enhancements to support the in-restaurant and IHOP ‘N GO® dining experience.