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Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week Rules & Standards

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week Standards

The Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week Rules and Standards have been created in order to assure fairness among all participants involved. If a restaurant does not follow these rules, they will not be invited to participate in future promotions.

The following are rules for participating in this promotion.
 
Restaurant Week is not just about a discounted lunch or dinner; it is about creating a dining experience, and in doing so, it is imperative that our participating restaurants adhere to the RAMW Restaurant Week promotion standards that reflect excellence in: 
  • Level of Service
  • Diversity of Menu
  • Quality of Ingredients
  • Overall Experience

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week Rules
The following are rules for participating in the Restaurant Week promotion:

  • Participating restaurants MUST offer, at a minimum, a three-course or equivalent prix-fixe menu.
  • Participating restaurants MUST offer the three-course or equivalent prix-fixe menu for either lunch, dinner or both. Restaurants have the option to offer a Restaurant Week brunch menu that has an equivalent value of a 3-course menu.
  • Participating restaurants MUST offer the three-course or equivalent prix-fixe menu for either lunch, dinner or both during the normal operation hours for the selected service, lunch/dinner, for the entire promotional period of seven days.
  • Participating restaurants MUST provide a PDF version of their designated Restaurant Week menu to be posted on the official Restaurant Week website.
  • Participating restaurants MUST complete the post-promotion survey to provide feedback on the promotion.
METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON RESTAURANT WEEK FAQs:
The following frequently asked questions have been complied to assist you in adhering to the Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week Rules and Standards:
 
How do I register my restaurant for Restaurant Week?
To register for Restaurant Week, your restaurant must be a member in good standing of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington. Registrations are accepted via the RAMW online enrollment portal. To enroll, log into your member profile on RAMW.org.
 
What is the deadline to register?
The Restaurant Week promotions are capped at 250 locations. Registration closes once the cap has been met or within 2-weeks of the start of the promotion.
 
Is there a fee to participate in Restaurant Week?
Yes. The participation fee is $525 for early registration and $545 after the early registration deadline.
 
Why is there a fee to participate in Restaurant Week?
The participant registration fee goes to Restaurant Week website improvements, maintenance, advertising, marketing and promotion of the event to help make it as successful as possible.
 
I have more than one restaurant. Does each of my restaurants have to register separately to participate?
Yes. All restaurants receive identical benefits so each participating restaurant has to register individually.
 
Do I have to pay the fee twice if I have 2 restaurants with the same name in different locations?
Yes. Each restaurant will be listed individually and included in all promotional material as a separate restaurant.
 
Does my restaurant have to participate for the entire length of Restaurant Week?
Yes. All participating restaurants are required to offer their Restaurant Week menu for the selected service during all regular operating days, for the full length of the 7-day promotion period. Restaurants that opt to offer a Restaurant Week brunch service are able to choose from Saturday only, Sunday only or both days.
 
Do I have to offer a 3-course lunch at $22.00 or dinner at $35.00?
Yes. Each restaurant determines its Restaurant Week menu but must offer at least 3-courses or the equivalent of 3-courses for the specified price points exclusive of tax and gratuity.
 
How can I participate in Restaurant Week brunch?

Restaurants have the option to offer a Restaurant Week brunch menu that has an equivalent value of a 3-course menu. The brunch price point is $22.00.

Can I include a cocktail or glass of wine in the fixed price?
Yes, restaurants can include beer, wine, cocktails or any other beverage within your Restaurant Week offer. If your standard price point for a 3-course meal falls within or below the Restaurant Week price point, we strongly suggest you include another course, glass of wine, cocktail or beer within the offer. 
 
Can I offer “up sell” items to the fixed price menu to increase the check price?
Yes. Your restaurant can offer menu “upgrades” at an additional cost. That is, you could offer the Restaurant Week menu option for $22.00 (lunch/brunch) or $35.00 (dinner) and then, at the table side, offer the customer the option to add shrimp for $5 or lobster for $10, for example. 
 
Does my restaurant have to offer three appetizers, three entrees and three desserts to choose from?
It’s up to you to decide what is offered on your Restaurant Week menu. Many participants offer a special menu or include their full menu as part of the promotion. Whatever, you decide to do, Restaurant Week diners are looking for something special at your restaurant during the event. Be sure to create/offer a menu that will showcase your restaurant.
 
Do I have to send my Restaurant Week menu to RAMW?
Yes. Participants can upload their final Restaurant Week menu via your member profile on RAMW.org or via email to rw@ramw.org. Each cycle we plan a date for the reveal of the menus along with an announcement to the public. Please note that potential diners often look at the menu offerings on the Restaurant Week site before booking their reservation.
 
When will my restaurant be listed on the website?
Your restaurant will be listed on the official Restaurant Week site upon completion of your registration including payment of the participation fee.
 
Can I include the Restaurant Week logo on my website and in promotional pieces?
Yes. All participants will receive the Restaurant Week Tool-Kit inclusive of the official Restaurant Week logo, canned social media messages and customizable templates for your use in promoting your restaurant for the event. You may also email rw@ramw.org to request the logo.
 
For more information, please contact: rw@ramw.org or call us at (202) 331-5990.