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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.

Morning Inspiration & a Few Updates

April 9, 2020
We know the beautiful weather outside is just a tease as we all wish for crowded restaurants and Nationals opening week to be in play. But here we are, making the best of each day in this current situation. We are inspired everyday by all of you, who continue to keep making the best of each day, and the entire region knows and sees the incredible efforts you are making happen as an industry.

Stay in Touch with Your Restaurant Crew During COVID-19

April 6, 2020
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Operators need easy and effective ways to stay in touch with socially-distanced employees. The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in an age of uncertainty that’s hitting the restaurant industry hard. With social distancing in full swing, it’s more important than ever that restaurant owners and managers stay in touch with their staff in order to keep them in the loop about operations and updated on the state of the business. There’s no shortage of apps and platforms to help keep these teams connected. it’s more important...

Join Today’s 10:30am Webinar with DC DOES on UI

April 8, 2020
Today at 10:30am we are hosting a webinar with DC’s Department of Employment Services (DOES) focused on Unemployment Insurance for restaurants. This is a great opportunity for you and your employees to connect directly with DOES to provide what we hope will be helpful guidance and insight as you and your employees navigate the UI process. This webinar is open to all so we encourage you and your staff to join. Please send any questions you have before 10am, so we can make sure they are answered during the webinar. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions during...

Relief for Operators & Employees Through Worker Relief Fund

April 7, 2020
Hope you had a productive Tuesday with some moments of positivity. We are glad to be sharing positive news this afternoon as we have an employee relief opportunity to activate your restaurant as a community kitchen to support your industry while modestly supporting you as an operator and the food economy.

DC Emergency Legislation Recap -- Passed on 4/7/2020

April 7, 2020
The DC Council introduced additional Emergency Legislation intended to address shortfalls from the initial Emergency Legislation, however there are still issues that are not addressed in this second bill, and we will continue to work with the Council to make sure our industry’s needs are met. One of the main issues that was removed from the legislation due to fiscal impact addresses much needed support for undocumented workers through a parallel UI process and a grant program. This is an issue we will continue to advocate for, and the Council has committed to continuing discussions to...

DC Emergency Legislation, Regional Updates + Call with Natl Rest Association & Local Independent Operators 4/7

April 6, 2020
We mentioned in this morning’s email that we will be hosting a call tomorrow at 3:30pm with Sean Kennedy, Vice President of Public Affairs at the National Restaurant Association. All are welcome to join. Many of you have asked what the National Restaurant Association is doing as they gear up for additional requests going into Phase IV. We have asked Sean to provide this feedback, speak to their national campaign efforts and advocacy around the CARES ACT, as well as entertain Q&A on any other local and state matters of concern. For those of you who have unresolved questions, concerns or new questions you would like Sean to address tomorrow, please send them along to by 11:30am tomorrow.

ServSuccess Program Courses Are Free Through April; Upskill Yourself for the Future

April 3, 2020
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Association adds ServSuccess courses to its free offerings to support restaurant employees and help them return to the industry with advanced skills. Homebound restaurant employees have the opportunity to use this time to upskill – for free – thanks to the National Restaurant Association ServSafe and ServSuccess programs as well as American Hotel & Lodging Foundation . The ServSuccess online learning suites provide training on the skills and knowledge the industry identifies as essential for career restaurant employees...

Three Important Industry Briefing + Q&A Calls Today, Wednesday & Friday

April 7, 2020
This week we have three industry briefings and Q&A calls to give you insight in different areas of relief and offer guidance and resources. Please see detaisl below and plan to join those of interest and assistance to you. TODAY, Tuesday 4/7 @ 3:30PM Join us for an industry-wide call with Sean Kennedy, Vice President of Public Affairs and Aaron Frazier Director of Healthcare and Tax Policy at the National Restaurant Association. Many of you have asked what the National Restaurant Association is doing as they gear up for additional requests going into Phase IV. We have asked Sean and Aaron...

National Restaurant Association Appeals to Governors & Mayors for Aid

April 6, 2020
This past weekend, the Association sent a letter to the National Governors Association and the United States Conference of Mayors thanking them for their help so far and asking for continued support. The letter asks Governors and Mayors to consider the following actions including: Direct Aid to Restaurants and Employees Provide grants to small businesses. Create tax credits with expedited processing for retaining employees during the COVID-19 crisis. Taxes and Fees Delay sales tax remittance for restaurants. Defer property, estimated income, corporate income, and franchise taxes. Suspend...

Next Week's James Beard Foundation Industry Support Webinars

April 3, 2020
To help navigate the challenges of COVID-19 the James Beard Foundation has been hosting industry support webinars to help provide resources for the hospitality community and to better stay connected throughout difficult times by sharing advice on a range of topics from business and unemployment insurance to marketing in the time of COVID-19 to mental health resources. You can find recordings of last week’s webinars here . Next week’s topics and speakers include: Monday, April 6: Retail Leases and Tenant Rights Cindy McLoughlin (JBF Trustee) and Richard Mirliss of CohnReznick will...