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Restaurants and the sharing economy

Joe Kefauver is managing partner of Parquet Public Affairs, an issue management, communications, government relations and reputation assurance firm that specializes in service sector industries. This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of Nation’s Restaurant News.

Often this space is devoted to discussing the public policy issues and trends that impact the business models and bottom lines of restaurant operators and other retailers. It’s a familiar list of wage, benefit, tax and other regulatory issues that largely define the boundaries of the competitive playing field in which small-business owners operate. These tough economic and political issues play out in the open, and the affected industries can seek to impact them as they see fit. However

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