Weekly Series: Changing Dynamics

Selling reservations
Some new smartphone apps are being created to help diners snag last minute seats at high-end restaurants where reservations are particularly hard to come by.

Subsidizing college education

Starbucks will soon offer its employees the ability to earn a college degree from Arizona State University at a highly subsidized rate.

Tickets for dinner

A new revolution has sprung up in a number of cities for supper clubs and restaurants that have customers pre-pay for dinner thereby eliminating no-shows.

Kimchi breaks through 

A dish of pickled vegetables that was previously only a staple of Korean food is becoming more popular in the United States.

Fridays goes mobile

TGI Fridays, in an effort to rebrand itself, has launched a food truck that will travel the country and hand out samples of potato skins and Oreo madness.