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All class A wholesalers, class A manufacturers, and class A off-premises retailers (liquor stores) in the District are due to renew alcohol licenses by: Monday, April 2, 2018.   Renewed licenses will expire in three years. Licensees that wish to renew their licenses should ensure they complete the following. Update Your Contact Info Licensees that need to update a new mailing address, email address or phone number with ABRA can do so by completing and returning the form available on abra.dc.gov. Contact information can be verified by: Emailing; or Calling (...
New Research Shows Restaurants are Hungry for Tech without the Headache   (Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Restaurant Association released new research focusing on technology in the restaurant industry. In "Mapping the Restaurant Technology Landscape," the Association set out to explore current technology adoption in restaurants, plans for future adoption, and restaurant operators' thoughts and opinions on restaurant technology overall. "Restaurant operators and consumers generally agree on the benefits of technology use in restaurants but they're also in...
Learn How to Get an ABC License for Your New Business Looking to get an ABC License for your new business in the District? Check out ABRA's video to learn more about the process.
FOLLOW THESE SUGGESTIONS TO MINIMIZE WATER USE AND IMPROVE THE BOTTOM LINE AT YOUR RESTAURANT. FSR Magazine | By Wade Winters | February 2018 | Expert Insights According to the EPA, water used in restaurants/foodservice account for about 15 percent of the total water used in all commercial and institutional facilities in the U.S.  Here is a breakdown of the usage by area: 52 percent: Kitchen/dishwashing 31 percent: Domestic/Restroom 12 percent: Other 4 percent: Landscaping 4 percent: Other And, according to Powerhouse Dynamics, “a typical sit-down restaurant...
2018 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists Announced Congratulations to all the James Beard Foundation semifinalists in the 2018 Restaurant and Chef Awards - this being the "long list" before the list is winnowed down to the official finalists. On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the Foundation will announce the final nominees for all Award categories during a press conference at Parc, hosted by James Beard Award–winning restaurateur Stephen Starr, in Philadelphia. The event will take place at 9:30 A.M. EST and will be streamed live online (...
Created with you in mind for improved navigation and efficiency   As part of our branding evolution, DCRA continues to provide Safe & Simple initiatives that provide safe outcomes for our community and are simple for our customers. We’re excited to announce the launch of additional online services, aimed at improving the way we serve District residents and businesses.   The DC Property & Permit Center Portal is a one stop shop for all things permits.  The portal provides a range of online tools to apply for building permits,...
Washington, D.C. — Today, the National Restaurant Association releases its annual survey of 700 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation  – to predict food and beverage trends at restaurants in the coming year. The annual “What’s Hot” list gives a peak into which food, beverages and culinary concepts will be the new items on restaurant menus that everyone is talking about in 2018. According to the survey, menu trends that will be heating up in 2018 include doughnuts with non-traditional filling, ethnic-...
National Restaurant Association With the nation nearing full employment, some restaurateurs say they’re experiencing staffing challenges due to the evaporating talent pool. Full employment is good for the country, but may present a challenge for our industry. In 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the turnover rate for restaurants and hospitality was 72.9 percent. In 2017, according to our research on the subject, roughly three in 10 restaurant operators said they had job openings that were difficult to fill. Our research further found that 71 percent of...
As the industry’s interest in environmental sustainability continues to grow, the National Restaurant Association has released a new report highlighting responsible actions restaurant and foodservice operators are taking. The State of Restaurant Sustainability focuses on the latest environmental trends and practices for the restaurant industry as well as consumer insights. The goal is to help all operators learn about and understand what others are doing to become more sustainable. “The National Restaurant Association is committed to increasing...
New report shows trends in restaurant environmental practices WASHINGTON, D.C -- The National Restaurant Association released the 2018 edition of The State of Restaurant Sustainability to highlight sustainability efforts by restaurant operators. The report provides the latest trends in environmental practices in the restaurant industry, along with consumer insights. It aims to help restaurant operations of all types and sizes understand what other restaurateurs are doing to begin or continue their own sustainability journey. The Association surveyed more than 500...
National Restaurant Association As the industry’s interest in environmental sustainability continues to grow, the National Restaurant Association has released a new report highlighting responsible actions restaurant and foodservice operators are taking. The State of Restaurant Sustainability focuses on the latest environmental trends and practices for the restaurant industry as well as consumer insights. The goal is to help all operators learn about and understand what others are doing to become more sustainable. “The National Restaurant Association is...
National Restaurant Association - February 6, 2018 ReFED, a nonprofit committed to reducing food waste in the United States, and the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, of which the National Restaurant Association is a founding member, released two guides to help our industry implement strategies and best practices to cut food waste. ReFED and the FWRA partnered to release the guides Feb. 6. The guides focus on helping companies work towards meeting the national goal of cutting food waste in half by 2030. They created the guides with input from more than 80...
Urbana to Provide Late-Night Bites & Cocktails for Monday, Friday & Saturday Evening Shows; Firefly to Serve Brunch for Sunday Matinee Shows WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 5, 2018) – Can the Resistance rise from the Underground? And who will lead them if they can? D.C. theater company, TBD Immersive, kicks off its production of “Cabaret Rising: One Nation Underground” this Friday, February 9 at Dupont Underground. The restored space that lies beneath Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle...
Modern Restaurant Management - by Alicia Bell In 2013, the inventive New York pastry chef Dominique Ansell created the Cronut, a cream-filled donut-croissant hybrid that quickly became a viral sensation across the globe.  After a food blogger wrote about the Cronut, people from all over the world started lining up outside Ansell’s bakery to buy one of the just several hundred he produced each day.  And while some of the Cronut craze has died down, as of 2016, from 60 to 100 people were still showing up every day at Ansell’s bakery to buy one.   Ansell isn...
With restaurants across the DMV offering decadent prefix menus & festive packages sure to impress, you have no reason not to treat your sweet to a special Valentine's Day! Read on for participating restaurants & make your reservations today. Pennsylvania 6 1350 I Street NW | Washington, DC 20005 Download the Valentine's Day menu (202)796-1600 Join Pennsylvania 6 for a throwback high school dance themed Valentine's Day! Enjoy a $50/person sweetheart prix fixe menu including a complimentary glass of bubbles & $10 punch specials all night. Full dinner...
Incentive program for filling Class A and B office space expands at request of Council President Riemer and Councilmember Leventhal ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 1, 2018—County Executive Isiah Leggett expanded an economic development incentive for new businesses taking office space to include craft breweries, cideries, wineries, and distilleries, which is a change requested by Montgomery County Council President Hans Riemer and Councilmember George Leventhal.   Following a Council committee discussion, Council President Riemer and Councilmember Leventhal wrote to County Executive...
The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) is a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and the outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry. Launched in 2002, the RPI is released on the last business day of each month. Latest RPI (released January 31, 2018) Driven by stronger same-store sales and customer traffic levels, the Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) registered a solid gain in December. The RPI stood at 102.9 in December, up 1.8 percent from a level of 101.1 in November. The Current Situation Index stood at 102.9 in December - up 3.4...
National Restaurant Association - January 29, 2018 The use of new technology will help foodservice businesses respond more quickly and efficiently to foodborne illness outbreaks, according to food safety expert Beth Johnson. Johnson, CEO of Washington, D.C.-based Food Directions, recently addressed our Quality Assurance Executive Study Group (QA ESG) on the future of food safety. She observed that in the near future, “we’re likely going to see a change in the amount of data available,” and it “will allow us to understand better how foodborne illness happens...
By Rebecca Cooper  –  Senior Staff Reporter, Washington Business Journal Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, the city’s restaurant industry trade group, will begin offering training to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination in restaurants, the association’s management said Thursday.  The courses will be offered in person and online and in different sessions: one for supervisors and managers and another for employees. This is a more formal training on this subject than RAMW has ever offered; in the past, there have been one-...
RAMW member restaurants welcome fans with Auto Show specials and promotions Washington, DC (January 25, 2018) – Events DC and Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) along with its members are excited to welcome the 2018 Washington Auto Show from January 26 – February 4, 2018. The annual show marks a new era for Washington, DC‘s largest public show. The 2018 Washington Auto Show will deck the Walter E. Washington Convention Center with a fully stocked automotive showcase that many describe as “new-car heaven.” For a complete list of...
More robust alternative to existing table management and reservation systems launches with enthusiasm from top DC restaurants Top restaurant reservation management system, Reserve, has picked up steam in Washington, DC. Reserve is already well established in the most admired and award-winning restaurants in cities including New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Denver. DC restaurateurs are seeking out Reserve’s reservation system in an effort to find a more affordable and effective solution for their table management and customer engagement...
Radiator Celebrates Honor Along with Fortune Telling on Groundhog Day & Group Cocktails on “Pal-entine’s” Day WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 17, 2018) – Radiator’s Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden was named Washington D.C.’s “Best Chef on the Block” in the final round of a contest held by DC Refined on Monday. Next month, Chef Jonathan will advance to a national chef competition on ABC’s “The Chew,” where he will represent Washington, D.C. against five other regional winners. Also in February, the Radiator team will offer palm...
Following on the heels of last month’s $1.5 trillion tax reform overhaul, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Servicereleased new guidance to help employers manage and update their employee payroll systems as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act begins to take effect. The sweeping changes to the tax code should result in more take-home pay for approximately 90 percent of employees throughout the United States. The new guidelines adjust how much income tax must be taken out of employees’ paychecks after taking into account exemptions claimed by employees on their IRS...
Popular “green dot” scam targeting District of Columbia and Maryland utility customers resurfaces WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 16, 2018) – Pepco is urging customers to be aware of a scam that has been targeting utility customers across the United States for more than five years.  Customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland have recently contacted the company to report they have been targeted with the popular “green dot” scam. The scammers, who target both residential and business customers, call individuals claiming that they are behind on their...
In its continuing fight to advance and protect the restaurant industry, the National Restaurant Association has launched the first-ever Restaurant Law Center. The Restaurant Law Center, headed by Angelo Amador, the NRA’s senior vice president and regulatory counsel, will provide legal advocacy and strategy to the restaurant industry on cases before state and federal courts that may threaten restaurant businesses, operators and employees. “The restaurant industry has been participating in legal battles on behalf of restaurant owners and employees for years,” he...

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