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December 20, 2013
News | To accommodate the new street cars, DDOT has created new loading zones in the H Street NE Corridor, effective on December 16th. The new loading zones are located on side streets along the corridor between 4th and 14th Streets NE. Commercial loading and unloading will be allowed between 7:00 am and 6:30 pm Monday through Saturday.  New signage has been posted to identify the new loading zone...
December 19, 2013
Press Release | Washington, DC [December 19, 2013]—Today, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced it has selected the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to host the 2014 RAMMY Awards Gala on Sunday, June 22.  The new venue reflects the continued growth of the annual event celebrating the best in the area’s outstanding foodservice industry.  The Convention Center...
December 18, 2013
News | Reston, VA [December 18, 2013] –Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro has appointed the talented John-Michael Hamlet as the restaurant’s new executive chef. He joins Vinifera’s culinary team after spending the last two years as District Executive Chef at Compass Group USA, Inc. A native of Northern Virginia, Chef John-Michael Hamlet developed his passion for fine cuisine at an early...
December 17, 2013
News | Today the Council of the District of Columbia passed bills increasing the minimum wage and broadening the coverage of the District’s mandatory paid sick leave law to include tipped workers. How does this affect you? The minimum wage will increase to $9.50 on July 1, 2014, $10.50 on July 1, 2015 and 11.50, July 1, 2016. On the paid sick leave revision, tipped workers who take...
December 16, 2013
Press Release | Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week returns Monday, January 13 through Sunday, January 19 during which more than 200 DC area restaurants will offer prix-fixe lunches and dinners for $20.14 and $35.14 respectively. The promotion encourages regional diners to dine out and eat up at their favorite restaurants, and to discover new dining experiences, in support of local businesses. Those who book...
December 4, 2013
Press Release | In 2014, dining around the nation’s capital will make a return to the past with an innovative, contemporary spin.  Key food trends surfacing as 2013 comes to a close, include regionally-inspired meals from the city’s top toques, innovative vegetarian and gluten-free offerings, and new protein-focused compositions.  Linda Roth Associates, Inc. predicts these and other dining...
November 18, 2013
News | On Tuesday, November 19, Ris Lacoste, Chef/Owner of RIS will launch a holiday pop-up at Union Market (1309 5th Street, NE) before the highly anticipated opening of RIS at Union Market in mid-December.  The limited time stall will feature variations from the restaurant’s popular “Sides & Pies” menu, a seasonal RIStoGO program that offers holiday dishes available for pick...
November 18, 2013
News | The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board issued on August 28, 2013 a new alcoholic beverage warning sign. The new warning sign must be posted by licensees at their establishments in a conspicuous place no later than Wednesday, November 27, 2013. The new sign provides several benefits to the public and licensees. Specifically, it allows the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) to...
October 29, 2013
Press Release | Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) October 29, 2013   Streetsense, a multidisciplinary firm specializing in retail, restaurant, hospitality, and real estate solutions, announced today that it has acquired two firms – Food Culture of Miami, Florida and Financial Foods of Bethesda, Maryland – to create a new line of concept development and operational consultancy services for restaurant...
October 21, 2013
News | BinWise, Inc., the leading cloud-based software company for managing restaurant beverage programs, is pleased to announce that the top award winning restaurants and sommeliers across the U.S. use its solution to manage their wine, beer and liquor. Each year the editors of Wine Enthusiast Magazine honor the individuals and companies that have made outstanding achievements in the wine...
September 27, 2013
Members in the News | By Ethan Rothstein, ARLnow Alex Robertson was working as an IT manager when, for a charity event, he visited some local retailers to have them donate gift certificates to raise money. One by one, he would walk in and see every restaurant, every coffee shop, every boutique had a different method for gift certificates; Some took as long as 15 minutes to provide one. “I saw it as...
September 19, 2013
Hot Topics | By Rebecca Cooper , Washington Business Journal Alexandria tourism officials want people to know the city is more than its history, that there's more going on than period costumes and ghost tours. The new branding campaign, "Extraordinary Alexandria," was released Wednesday at the Old Town Theatre by the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association. It's the first...
September 19, 2013
Members in the News | Washington, DC (September 19, 2013)—Oyster lovers: mark your calendars for Saturday, October 26, 2013, as Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place will host the first annual Georgetown Shuck It! Oyster Festival at Washington Harbour on the Georgetown Waterfront, from 2 to 6pm. The highlight of Shuck It! is the variety of oysters from Maryland, New England and Canada. Oysters confirmed from...
September 16, 2013
Hot Topics | Michael Neibauer , Washington Business Journal September 17, 2013 Among the bevy of minimum wage hike bills introduced by D.C. Council members Tuesday is one that may destroy Chef Geoff. So wrote Geoffrey Tracy, aka Chef Geoff, in a letter to Councilman Vincent Orange, D-At large, whose proposed legislation would raise the minimum wage for tipped restaurant employees from $2.77 to $8.75...
August 28, 2013
Members in the News | August 28, 2013 (Washington, DC) - Events DC and the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washingtonalong with its members are proud to celebrate the tradition of the college football experience and honor the heritage and excellence of Historically Black Colleges and Universities during the 3rd annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®weekend from September 5-8, 2013. The football game...

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