Not so entertaining after all? Recent moves to revamp the
Planet Hollywood restaurant chain underscore the public's
apparently diminishing appetite for theme restaurants in general.
Sure, the classic Hard Rock Cafe looks to be rockin'
'n' rollin' for many years to come-but upstart
eatertainments like Rainforest Cafe and Fashion Cafe may prove to
be merely flashes in the pan.
Make-believe it or not: It seems an eating establishment in
Israel actually specializes in serving nothing-literally. In a move
that would surely please Jerry Seinfeld, architect of the most
famous TV show in history about nothing, Cafe Make Believe offers
up empty plates to patrons. Presumably, diners get their fill by
Money makes the world go 'round, right? Well, maybe not.
According to a recent Gallup study, some 70 percent of employees
surveyed favor nonmonetary recognition over cold, hard cash. The
study, commissioned by the Carlson Marketing Group, also revealed
that employees prefer private commendations instead of public
praises. More than 80 percent say kudos for a job well done
inspires them to do even better.