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Trending this week: Taco Bell Business School seeks future restaurant leaders

This week on Nation's Restaurant News, hoping to tear down barriers to ownership for underrepresented groups, Taco Bell has begun recruiting restaurant leaders to attend the new Taco Bell Business School, a six-week franchisee-training program, the company said Wednesday.

Three to five candidates who are looking to become owners will be selected for the program, which is supported by the Yum! Center for Global Franchise Excellence, in partnership with the University of Louisville. The partnership was developed last year as the Louisville, Ky.-based parent to Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut and Habit Burger invested in efforts to foster a more diverse franchisee base.

In other news, with a double whammy of surging omicron cases and continued labor shortages, several major restaurant chains are cutting back on hours and services to deal with the challenges, including Starbucks, and Chipotle.

In an email sent to customers last weekend, Starbucks told guests that their Starbucks experience “might look a little different these days,” as certain locations are experiencing reduced hours, product shortages and/or temporary halts on mobile pay capabilities, as more workers call in sick.

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