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Operating a restaurant involves a lot of moving parts – most controlled by you, but many controlled by laws, regulations, licenses and permits. Alcoholic beverages, food safety, labor practices and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (the healthcare mandate) are significant – and then there is everything else.

Get to know the regulatory agencies that govern such things as sidewalk cafes, signage, noise, fire safety and more. And, get to know about the efforts being made by RAMW on your behalf to improve the regulatory environment.


Three ways Virginia could raise the price of liquor, per McAuliffe's budget

October 22, 2014
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe 's announcement this week that the state would make up some of its budget deficit by increasing the markup on distilled spirits already has those in the hospitality industry gearing up for paying more — and thus charging more — for drinks. McAuliffe didn't outline how exactly the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control would raise an additional $2.5 million from the liquor markup, but ABC is considering three options, according to a letter sent to stakeholders Wednesday and provided to the Washington Business Journal. Though some...Read more

2012 DC DOH Food Code

October 15, 2014
Are you in compliance with the DC Department of Health 2012 Food Code ? DC Department of Health is now enforcing the 2012 DC Food Code Regulations ( click here for code ). There are significant changes within the code and it is important you read the new code to make sure your restaurant is in full compliance. Full compliance with the 2012 Food Code is not only crucial to the success of your business, but also to the success of your DOH inspections. Helpful tips for successfully completing DOH inspections: 1. Make sure you are in full compliance with the 2012 DC Food Code. 2. Always have an...

Could You Pass Inspection Today?

September 18, 2014 to October 18, 2014
Focus on cleanliness, good hygiene practices to prep your restaurant for an A+ By Kristin Dempsey Heading up a restaurant means there is an endless list of things you need to get ready for each and every day. In the hustle and bustle of the daily lunch rush or the late-night crowd, it’s easy to push one of the most important items farther and farther down the “to do” list: Get ready for the next health inspection. You don’t want to be left scrambling to make sure everything is up to code right before an expected visit – which you can’t predict anyway. What...

DC Health Link Releases New Mobile Apps

August 28, 2014
DC Health Link's Small Biz mobile app is the premier resource guide for small business owners looking to provide insurance to their employees, work with a broker to enroll in health coverage and determine if their company is eligible to enroll in DC Health Link's small biz health insurance marketplace. Download Apps...

Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014 Now Enforceable

August 21, 2014
The Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014 (also known as "Ban the Box") restricts when an employer is able to ask an applicant about his criminal history. The law is currently enforceable, and it is important that you are in full compliance. If your job applications still have a check box asking if the applicant has a criminal history, remove the box immediately. At no point can an employer inquire about an applicants' arrest history. An employer can only inquire about an applicants' criminal history or run a background check after a conditional offer has been...Read more

Busboys to boardrooms: How first jobs got them there

August 1, 2014
Restaurant professionals agree: Hard work and a smile can carry a restaurateur from hand towels and busing to handshakes and board rooms. Find out how eight industry leaders from Washington, D.C., turned their first jobs into their life’s work. Read more...

Nizam Ali of Ben's Chili Bowl Talks About Healthcare for Small Business

August 5, 2014
WATCH: Nizam Ali of Ben's Chili Bowl talks about healthcare solutions for restaurants and small businesses. "It's not a business decision, it's just the right decision." Video Link: Nizam, Ben's Chili Bowl...

Arlington pub crawls to pay security and cleanup costs

July 22, 2014
Pub crawls, the wildly popular events that encourage people to travel from bar to bar for drink specials, will not be banned in Arlington County’s retail corridors as a result of a vote by the County Board to scrutinize them more carefully. But those who sponsor the events soon will have to start picking up the tab for police and cleanup crews, which some bar owners and promoters say could kill the crawls nonetheless. County Board members, while loath to discourage the free-spending young adult demographic, voted unanimously Saturday to make organizers of pub crawls pay costs previously...

Mayor Gray, U.S. State Department, and Diplomatic Community Honor 10 Stewards of Sustainability Including RAMW Members ProFish, Ltd. and Farmers Restaurant Group

June 26, 2014
Sustainability=DC
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – In a ceremony tonight at the residence of H.E. Peter Taksoe-Jensen, the Danish Ambassador to the United States, Mayor Vincent C. Gray honored 10 individuals, businesses, civic organizations, and embassies for demonstrating outstanding achievements and leadership in sustainable practices. Two of these prestigious awards honored RAMW members ProFish, Ltd. and Farmers Restaurant Group. Mayor Gray – who was joined by Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy, Ambassador Taksoe-Jensen, representatives of more than 35 foreign embassies and local...Read more

RAMW & NRA Co-Host “Five Star Service” Conversation

May 12, 2014
The 2014 RAMMY Awards
Washington, DC (May 12, 2014) —On May 8, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) brought together over 80 leaders from the region’s foodservice and business communities for a conversation about the state of the industry in the nation’s capital. The discussion, moderated by Bret Thorn , Senior Food Editor of Nation’s Restaurant News , offered insights into operator success in an ever more competitive market. Panelists included 2014 RAMMY Awards nominees for Service Program of the Year including Adam Sanders (General Manager, BLT Steak ), Joseph Cerione (...Read more

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