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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.

Largest Circa to Date Debuts in Chinatown

February 19, 2018
There’s two bars, scenic views, and Asian-themed dishes by Rebecca Gale Feb 19, 2018, 4:20pm EST | Eater DC The new two-story Circa scheduled to debut on Wednesday, February 21 in Chinatown is the homegrown chain’s biggest location to date. Parent company Metropolitan Hospitality Group shut down the flagship Circa in Dupont Circle at the end of last year, but continues to operate the remaining casually themed bistros in Foggy Bottom and Clarendon, Virginia. The Chinatown restaurant (781 Seventh Street NW) is one of at least two planned new additions to the Circa family; a Navy...Read more

Montgomery County Council Voices Support for the "Reform on Tap" Act

February 22, 2018
House Bill 518 supports the State’s breweries by lifting outdated restrictions on selling and purchasing craft beer ROCKVILLE, Md., February 22, 2018 —The Montgomery County Council sent a letter to the chair of the Economic Matters Committee, Delegate Dereck E. Davis, in unanimous support of Maryland House Bill (HB) 518, the Reform on Tap Act. HB 518 would lift restrictions on the selling and purchasing of beer at craft breweries throughout Maryland. The House Economic Matters Committee has scheduled a hearing for HB 518 on February 23 at 1:00pm. “Local breweries have a big...Read more

National Restaurant Association Restaurant Performance Index 2018

January 31, 2018
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 percent...Read more

National Restaurant Association Research Showcases the Landscape for Tech in the Restaurant Industry

February 15, 2018
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...Read more

IRS Offers New Guidelines On Tax Withholdings

January 16, 2018
Following on the heels of last month’s $1.5 trillion tax reform overhaul, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service released 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 Form W-4, filed...Read more

New Law Center Fights for Industry

January 12, 2018
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 said. “...Read more

5 Tips On Hiring and Retaining the Best Emploiyees

February 9, 2018
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 fine-dining...Read more

New DCRA Online Services Now Available

February 15, 2018
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, request city services, research property regulatory...Read more

New Guides to Help Restaurants Reduce Food Waste

February 6, 2018
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 expert contributors, including onsite...

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Members Save 10% with new partnership with Snagajob!

September 1, 2017
With more than 80 million registered hourly workers and 300,000 employer locations, Snagajob is America’s #1 hourly marketplace. Snagajob focuses on creating instant and quality connections so workers can get jobs and employers can hire workers—in minutes. Since 2000, Snagajob’s mission has been to put people in right fit-positions so they can maximize their potential and live more fulfilling lives. Snagajob does this through the Snagajob Marketplace and PeopleMatter, Snagajob’s end-to-end platform of talent and workforce management solutions. Snagajob is now proud to...