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Restaurants can expect more lawsuits

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.

Not surprisingly, the restaurant industry and its leading players focus the vast majority of their public policy attention on the legislative branch of government. Congress and the state legislatures take up an overwhelming amount of our resources — both in time and political capital.

Increasingly, however, the industry has gotten better at telling its story to and affecting outcomes from another branch of government: the executive. Especially at the state level, the industry is

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