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Nine iconic DMV dining destinations recognized for remarkable longevity after decades in business   Washington, DC (May 9, 2022)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today its 2022 Honorary Milestone RAMMY Award recipients, each acknowledged for decades delighting local diners and visitors alike. 1789 and The Tombs (60 years), Anthony’s Restaurant (50 years), Bombay Bistro (30 years), Duangrat’s (35 years), El Tamarindo (40 years), Franklins (30 years), La Côte d’Or Café (30 years), Mike’s American (35 years), and...
Telehealth has huge potential to transform your employees’ health care — but not all telehealth is created equal. At Kaiser Permanente, telehealth isn’t just used by your employees and their doctors — it’s integrated across our entire care experience. Click here to learn more about telehealth at Kaiser Permanente.   Prince George's County's planning board weigh in on Kaiser’s Largo medical center expansion Kaiser Permanente’s plans to expand its medical center in Largo, MD have been approved by The Prince George’s County Planning...
Beauty Champagne & Sugar Boutique opens in National Landing, VA A Lifestyle Market for Wine Lovers & Food Addicts  (April, 2022–Crystal City, VA) – Meshelle Armstrong, co-owner of Kaliwa, Restaurant Eve, Society Fair, PX and Eammon’s a Dublin Chipper has partnered with Zena Polin, founder of The Dish & Dram and The Daily Dish in Beauty Champagne & Sugar Boutique, which will open on the corner of Fern and 23rd Streets in Crystal City, VA on May 4th.  The concept is a Champagne and Wine bar and a Lifestyle Market that is “Devoted to...
DC’s Ballou High School is Headed to the National ProStart Invitational  Washington DC hosted its first ever ProStart State Invitational on Tuesday, March 29th, 2022 at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave, SE, Washington DC.  Two of our DC ProStart schools, Roosevelt High School and Ballou High School, participated in the culinary competition, which lasted about 2 hours.  Each team presented and were judged in 10 culinary categories.  Our awesome judges were RAMW Restaurant and Allied members, who were delighted to offer their time and professional critique.  Both...
What: Mother’s Day Brunch at Home from Farmers & Distillers & Founding Farmers  Started in our kitchens, ready to be finished in yours, our Mother’s Day Brunch at Home brings the decadence of our restaurant brunch home with easy step-by-step reheating and light cooking instructions while Mom props up her feet with one of our bottled cocktails (available in DC, MD, and VA). Packaged for 4 but enough food and drink for more, our menu includes everything from cinnamon rolls to prime rib, french toast to gnocchi, quiche to apple pie. There are choices for mom and the...
TransCanWork in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign is excited to be launching "EMPOWER!", our virtual career fair series for the TGI (trans, gender diverse & intersex) job seeking community, on September 22, 2021 in Los Angeles.  "EMPOWER!" will impact 5 Major US Cities total on its 2021-2022 tour including Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia & the Greater D.C. area. Using state-of-the-art career fair platform, Brazen, TGI job seeking talent will be able to connect with inclusive employers like yourself from the safety of their homes. ...
In case you missed it, our first quarter webinar, "Health Views For Business", focused on virtual care. Deb Friesen, MD, MBA, FACP hosted industry leaders to discuss innovation in telehealth and what that means to both businesses and patients. Watch the recording of the session to hear answers to questions like: What is telehealth? What problem does virtual care solve for both patients and employers? What medical conditions can be handled virtually? Why is coordination of care important? And to see what our next sessions have in store, see the full calendar of events here.  ...
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Announces 2022 RAMMY Awards Finalists Foodservice industry celebrates incredible resilience and announces category finalists Washington, DC (April 5, 2022)—Industry professionals and their fans gathered this evening as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced finalists for the 2022 RAMMY Awards, the winners of which will be named on Sunday, July 24, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The 40th Annual RAMMYS return to honor excellence in long-standing and pandemic-era categories...
Good news in Virginia as the Governor signed the Cocktails-To-Go legislation which extends the allowance for restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages to go through July 2024. It was originally set to expire this July. You may recall that RAMW represented our membership as we served on an ABC working group established to study alcohol to go and to inform the related bills, HB 426 and SB 254. ABC will continue the workgroup to examine whether to make the allowance permanent. The legislation implements training and licensure steps for third-party delivery companies and it provides ABC with...
Thursday, March 17, 2022 To ensure that select on-premises retailers, common carrier, and caterer license holders have the necessary time to secure the required documentation for their alcohol license renewal application, which includes obtaining Certificate(s) of Clean Hands (CCH) for businesses and individuals, the renewal application deadline has been extended from March 31, 2022 to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2. No late fees will be assessed for renewal applications during this 30-day grace period. To apply for a CCH, licensees must visit mytax.DC....
This week the SBA announced that the agency would provide additional deferment of principal and interest payments for existing EIDL program loans, adding a six month extension to the program’s existing 24 months deferment, for a total deferment of 30 months from the date of the loan. Harmony Group has been very vocal about the utility of EIDL, and nearly four million businesses have taken these vital loans, so this is relevant to many of our clients. If you have a current EIDL outstanding, you are likely to receive an email from the SBA about it over the next several days...
The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) is thrilled to announce its 2021 Momentum Awards winners, which celebrate the visionaries who made significant contributions to maintaining DowntownDC’s vibrancy and proved their resiliency in the face of a challenging year. Usually revealed toward the end of the calendar year, the 2021 awards and corresponding celebration event were put on hold due to the rise of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. With the variant on the decline and larger gatherings once again possible, the BID will honor the 2021 winners on March 24,...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954   RAMW’s springtime promotion returns March 28 through April 3   WHAT: Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington is excited to announce the return of its annual Spring Wine Fling this month. Area restaurants will showcase the diversity and creativity of their wine programs to uncork the spring season. Look for special promotions from restaurants highlighting their spring wines with flights and by-the-glass...
Any business, no matter how small, can create a workplace culture that encourages healthy lifestyles. It involves offering programs that support healthier behaviors, educating employees about health issues, and making health-related objectives part of your corporate policy. Take a look at our tips for creating a culture of health in your workplace.   ----   The restaurant business is rewarding but tough. Operators need a health care plan that works as hard as they do. That’s why RAMW has partnered with USI Insurance Services and Kaiser Permanente to develop a plan...
Showcase your restaurant during the upcoming Spring Wine Fling promotion, running from March 28 - April 3. SWF will showcase the diversity and creativity of your wine programs through offers of flights, wine-by-the-glass, pairing with delicious dishes or other creative wine-centric options that you want to highlight as we celebrate the changing of the seasons.   To participate in the promotion, your restaurant will opt-in to offer specially priced wine by the glass or a wine flight. The price point for either option is determined by you. Your Spring Wine Fling...
Funds Will Support Open and Eligible Restaurants and Small Businesses in Pentagon City, Crystal City and Potomac Yard   ARLINGTON, VA - February 10, 2022 - National Landing Business Improvement District (BID), in coordination with Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), today announced the return of Love Local, a  grant program created in 2021 to provide funding and promotional support for National Landing restaurants and small businesses. The current round of funding of up to $100,000 for this initiative is intended to help small businesses cover pay for workers...
You have an opportunity to improve the health of your employees every day. Making small changes to your workplace and company policies are great ways to start and can have a big impact. Not sure how to get started with a workforce health strategy? Check out our four-step model --- The restaurant business is rewarding but tough. Operators need a health care plan that works as hard as they do. That’s why RAMW has partnered with USI Insurance Services and Kaiser Permanente to develop a plan that is flexible, convenient, and affordable, to help operators with their bottom lines, and...
Creating a culture of equity, inclusion, and diversity (collectively referred to as EID) is complex and challenging. Many companies struggle to take the first step or may be limited by a lack of resources or time. But the journey to a culture that embraces EID and uses it to create healthier, safer and more inclusive work environments can begin with a few simple steps. Read more in our recent joint article with the Baltimore Business Journal. ---- The restaurant business is rewarding but tough. Operators need a health care plan that works as hard as they do. That’s why RAMW has...
Virginia House of Delegates Committee on Rules reports Kimchi Day bill 18-0.   H.J. 147, which designates November 22nd of each year as Kimchi Day in the Commonwealth, was introduced by freshman Delegate Irene Shin (D, VA-86), and its chief co-patron is Delegate Mark L. Keam (D, VA-35) along with Delegates David L. Bulova, Kelly K. Convirs-Fowler, and Marcus B. Simon. The bill’s Senate patron is Senator J. Chapman Petersen.   Several Korean Americans testified on behalf of the resolution, including Ms. Frances Kang, Digital Marketing Manager, Council of Korean Americans:...
Nominations now open for region’s largest foodservice industry awards in milestone year Washington, DC (January 27, 2022)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today that the 40th Annual RAMMY Awards will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center as an in-person event on Sunday, July 24, 2022. The awards return to honor excellence in long standing categories that range from individual professional honors to accolades celebrating culinary concepts and service. ​​Over this milestone year for the association, restaurants have faced relentless...
The $40 million DC Bridge Fund application opened at noon today. While RAMW worked to get this to happen, there are some changes to the Fund, and it’s important for you to be aware how this may impact you in terms of relief. Please read below for details on eligibility, the application process and more.  The grants will NOT be awarded on a first come basis, and instead the grant determinations will be made following a 5-week application window that closes on Friday, February 25th at 5pm. Grant awards vary from $20,000 - $100,000, and award notifications will likely be made in...
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS   2022 Employee Benefits   Market Outlook   Learn what current and upcoming trends in healthcare, compliance and employee benefits are impacting employers the most — and get practical solutions to new and evolving challenges.   READ MORE HERE
Restaurant Relief Program: Uber Eats, in partnership with Visa’s Small Business team, has announced a support program for independent SMB restaurants in 10 U.S. cities, including the Washington, D.C.-region. The program is designed to support SMB restaurants that have been hit particularly hard by the challenges of COVID-19 and other natural disasters. The program builds off of Uber Eats’ Eat Local Support Program from this summer, which provided $4.5 million in microgrants to 900 local restaurants across the country. Below are details about the new Uber Eats program:...
DC Vaccination Requirement Breakdown Saturday, January 15, 2022 Proof of the first dose of vaccination will be required for all patrons 12+ dining indoors at restaurants, bars, and nightclubs starting Saturday, January 15, 2022. The requirement also applies to indoor cultural and entertainment events, indoor exercise and recreational establishments, and indoor event and meeting establishments.    Beginning on January 15, 2022, businesses shall display prominently, visible to patrons prior to entry, a notice informing patrons that proof of vaccination is required to enter any...

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