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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.

We're Sick of the Waste, and We're Not Alone

October 30, 2019
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Government and industry partner to fight food waste in the US Restaurants, grocers, and food manufacturers this week officially teamed up with the federal government to find ways to cut billions of pounds of food waste at every step of the process – from the field through processing to groceries, restaurants and home fridges. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates we waste between 30% and 40% of the food supply each year. At the same time, USDA estimates 37 million people live in food-insecure households. The National...

Top 5 Foodborne Illness Causes Spotlighted at Food Safety Conference

October 24, 2019
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Food-safety professionals shared training and tips on how to respond to incidents in a way that protects guests, employees and the business. Food-safety professionals, gathered for the Food Safety & Quality Assurance Executive Study Group conference in Orlando, Fla., shared their best food-safety training tips, effective food safety practices in the millennial era, and how to respond to an incident in a way that protects the guests, employees and the business. At this year's conference, Hal King shared insights on how to reduce...

Restaurant Tech Evolution

October 24, 2019
Original contect c/o: National Restaurant Association The tide of new technology may seem overwhelming, but it promises to enhance the hospitality at the heart the restaurant industry. “Customers today interact with restaurants more and more often outside the four walls of the actual restaurant,” said Focus Brands’ Michael Verdesca, executive vice president and chief information officer, during a panel at FSTEC 2019 in Dallas. It’s imperative that you have a presence everywhere your customers are likely to connect with you, via your app, third-party delivery apps, your...

Learn to Recognize Unconscious Bias at Your Operation

October 16, 2019
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association The world and workplace are increasingly multicultural. Enhance your cultural intelligence and embrace diversity to benefit your business. Do you have the knowledge and skills necessary to engage people from different cultural backgrounds effectively? Do you know what unconscious bias is, or the negative impact it can have on your restaurant’s operations and sales? Gerry Fernandez, founder and president of the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance , an affiliate of the National Restaurant Association , says...

DC Is Behind the Rest of Metropolitan Area in Business Ownership Rates for Women

October 30, 2019
Original content c/o: DC Policy Center by Kathryn Zickuhr & Yesim Sayin Taylor Only 8 percent of business establishments in the District of Columbia with five or more employees are owned by women, as we wrote in the 2019 State of Business report . DC has lower shares of businesses owned by women than almost any other jurisdiction in the metropolitan area, with rates similar to those of Arlington County and Manassas Park City. DC also has the lowest business ownership rates for women when measured by share of gross receipts (only 4 percent of sales are to businesses owned by women),...

Member in the News: TwentyTables is Expanding Its DIning Partnership with GW

October 28, 2019
Original content c/o: George Washington University students, staff and faculty can access TwentyTables' app to purchase meals using their GWorld Dining Cash accounts. DC-based TwentyTables , creator of an app that connects users to fixed-cost meal options from local restaurants, announced that it is expanding its partnership George Washington University . GW’s dining program will integrate with TwentyTables’ platform to expand access to affordable food for students, faculty and staff. Starting today, TwentyTables will manage a rotating variety of food trucks with...Read more

DOL Issues New Federal Overtime Rule

September 26, 2019
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association The regulation is set to take effect Jan. 1, 2020. The US Department of Labor Sept. 24 released a new federal overtime regulation. The rule revises the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) test for determining when an employee is exempt from earning overtime pay, also known as the “white collar” overtime exemptions. The Department estimates that 1.2 million additional workers will be entitled to overtime pay as result of the increase to the standard salary level. The final rule will be published in the Federal Register Sept. 27,...

Pared, the Leading App Matching Restaurants With Skilled Workers On Demand, Now Live in Washington DC

September 24, 2019
Pared to Expand Across Major Cities Nationwide WASHINGTON, DC – September 24, 2019 – Today, Pared, the leading app matching restaurants with skilled workers on demand, announced that it is now live in the Washington D.C. market. Pared services restaurant and hospitality operators in the country’s biggest metropolitan areas - New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area and now, Washington D.C. Later this year, Pared will establish itself in additional major cities nationwide, including Philadelphia and Boston, with plans to continue expansion to other regions across the US...Read more

Consumers Want to Increase Their Restaurant Frequency

September 20, 2019
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association One-half of baby boomers want to use takeout and delivery more often. Consumer spending in restaurants has trended generally higher in 2019, despite a downtick in August. Based on new National Restaurant Association research, the positive industry sales trajectory has more room to run. Forty-two percent of adults say they are not eating on premises at restaurants as often as they would like, according to a telephone survey conducted September 12-16 by Engine for the National Restaurant Association. In addition, 49 percent of adults say...

5 ways to improve a Food Safety Management System

September 16, 2019
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association For week 3 of National Food Safety Month, we're offering free tools on how to improve your restaurant’s Food Safety Management System. As week three of National Food Safety Month begins, the National Restaurant Association continues to offer free, downloadable tools and information to restaurateurs on the importance of improving your restaurant’s Food Safety Management System (FSMS). Every September, the Association takes advantage of National Food Safety Month to help operators reinforce the importance of food safety with...