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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.

Reopening Resources for Clean Environments and Safe Guests (Foodservice)

April 28, 2020
Ecolab is dedicated to providing the most relevant resources and expertise to help you keep your staff and guests safe during the unprecedented times today and the new horizon ahead. To support you and your team, we continue to update our comprehensive Ecolab COVID-19 resource libraries , created to support achievement of the highest standards of cleanliness, disinfection and hygiene.

The Ferdinand Metz / American Culinary Federation (ACF) Relief Fund

April 27, 2020
The Ferdinand Metz / American Culinary Federation (ACF) Relief Fund is established to provide timely financial assistance to chefs, cooks, culinarians and foodservice workers across America, experiencing hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Criteria for Eligibility Applicant must be employed by a foodservice establishment in any segment: restaurant, country club, hospital, etc. Under financial hardship due to being laid off, furloughed or hours reduced. Must provide evidence of lost wages. Affiliation with ACF or ACFEF is not required as a condition of...

Federal & Regional Updates 4/24

April 24, 2020
The House of Representatives voted 4/24 to approve a $484 billion package to deliver aid to small businesses and hospitals and expand COVID-19 testing. An additional $310 billion was authorized for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), while $60 billion will be set aside for smaller lending facilities. There will also be an additional $10 billion for EIDL grants and $50 billion for disaster recovery loans. For those who have not secured funding loans, please reach out to your lenders immediately to be considered for funding. As we have been stating all along, PPP in its current state does...

DC Reopening Markers & VA Updates

April 23, 2020
While Mayor Bowser and Governors Hogan and Northam sent a letter to the Trump administration encouraging the continuation of telework for federal employees, we are also beginning to see regional leaders taking into consideration key indicators needed as we approach a phased-in reopening.

Get Shift Done Initiative Launches for the DMV region

April 23, 2020
Washington Nationals Philanthropies and the Greater Washington Community Foundation today announced a new partnership with Get Shift Done to launch the Get Shift Done DMV initiative which will coordinate, schedule, and pay adversely affected hourly workers in the hospitality industry to work shifts for local food access providers.

PPP Clarifications and Recommendations 4/22

April 23, 2020
We received many questions from you in search of guidance on the Payroll Protection Program (PPP). Our partner, Matt Hetrick of CPA Eats provided some guidance to help answer some of your most pressing questions.

Webinar: Insurance Coverage for DC Area Restaurants 5/6

April 22, 2020
WEBINAR - UTILIZING INSURANCE TO MITIGATE LOSSES AND LIABILITIES RESULTING FROM THE CORONAVIRUS Lowenstein Sandler’s Insurance Recovery Group represents exclusively policyholders in seeking coverage from their insurers. They have received numerous inquiries regarding coverage for losses stemming from business interruption following COVID-19. They are offering a webinar on May 6 on that topic. The loss of life and economic costs from the COVID-19 pandemic have been staggering. Over the past few weeks, the entire business landscape has changed in fundamental ways. COVID-19 has forced...

Federal PPP Funding Increase 4/22

April 22, 2020
Congress has reached a deal for what we have been referring to as Phase 3.5 of federal relief. The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that provides a $484 billion relief package that includes $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), $60 billion will be set aside for smaller lending facilities, including "community financial institutions, small insured depository institutions and credit unions with assets less than $10 billion."

Advocacy Efforts and Local Updates 4/21

April 21, 2020
Over the weekend, we launched an aggressive campaign to advocate for Congress to provide relief that works for our industry as they enter into discussions of what Phase IV of federal relief and aid will look like.

Reopening Protocol and Information Needed

April 20, 2020
Dear Operator, I hope you took a little time over the weekend to breathe in Spring. We are all grateful for you as you continue to work hard, lead your teams, and bring needed joy and sustenance to those ordering your delicious meals and goods for takeout and delivery. As you might imagine, we are being pulled into countless conversations with leaders around the country about what the reopening of restaurants, retail and business in general may look like. There are a lot of conversations with other states as they coordinate in state clusters with state governors as to what a phased-in re-...