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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.

Attention Employers: More No-Match Letters to Come This Fall

September 5, 2019
Original content c/o: O'Brien Law LLC According to a statement by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in response to a congressional inquiry, the SSA will be issuing a second wave of No-Match letters to employers during the fall of 2019. The SSA had resumed the issuance to employers of Social Security No-Match Letters earlier this year, a tactic first developed in the 1990s, but which had been abandoned by the SSA in 2012. As of April 2019, in its first wave of distribution, the SSA confirmed the issuance of a No-Match letters to 575,000 employers. Now re-packaged as “Employer...

How Chefs Are Making Kitchens A Better Place to Work

August 2, 2019
Orginally Published by National Restaurant Association Restaurateurs recognized for running healthy kitchen environments share their best practices. In a bustling kitchen where timing, quality and safety are everything, the charbroiler isn’t the only thing that heats up. When the rush is on, tempers can flare and tensions spike. Couple that with the job’s brisk pace and nontraditional schedule, and kitchen staff may be at risk for depression and fatigue. “There’s heavy stuff happening in restaurants,” says Sarah Worley, one of the chef/owners of Biscuit Love in...

5 Smart Ways Restaurants Can Leverage Technology to Beat the Chains

July 29, 2019
Content provided by Nift Business Network Opening your own business is exhilarating… and it’s a ton of hard work. It’s your vision, your heart and soul, and your blood, sweat, and tears. But once you open your doors, it’s a whole new ball game: how do you get known, get customers in, and make your business a destination? Chains and big businesses with huge marketing budgets and new technologies at their disposal make it even more difficult to get seen by your community. How do small businesses better use technology to level the playing field? We’ve consulted the...

How to Value a Restaurant Business

July 19, 2019
By Aaron Boker at Aaronson LLC Investors are constantly looking to purchase or buy into existing restaurants, while existing restaurant owners are always looking to sell a piece or their restaurant business. As acquisition deals are made in the restaurant industry, the main question that arises is, “How do I value the restaurant?” Since many valuation methods are available, care should be taken to ensure the “best” method is selected to lead to the best deal possible. Below are helpful strategies used by the industry for valuing a restaurant: Gross Sales Valuation This...

Restaurant Industry Added Nearly 14k Locations in 2018

June 5, 2019
National Restaurant Association The Restaurant Industry Added More Than 10,000 Locations for the Third Consecutive Year. Driven by population growth and an expanding economy, the restaurant industry continued to add locations at a steady pace in 2018. According to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics , the restaurant industry added a net 13,817 establishments* in 2018, an increase of 2.2 percent. The 2018 expansion followed a strong net increase of 15,169 locations (+2.5 percent) in 2017, and represented the third consecutive year in which the restaurant industry grew by at least 10,...

Restaurateurs Tell White House of Health Plan Success

May 13, 2019
After years of looking for affordable insurance coverage for employees, smaller operators say it is starting to get a little easier. National Restaurant Association After years of searching for affordable ways to provide health insurance coverage to their employees, smaller restaurant operators say it is starting to get a little easier, thanks to their access to the National Restaurant Association’s ‘ Benefit Trust ’ insurance initiative. At a May 8 White House policy workshop, Roberta Montelione, chef of Milan Catering in Sarasota and Tampa, Fla., told members of the...

Addressing "Social Security No-Match Letters"

May 1, 2019
The Social Security Administration (SSA) resumed issuance of Employer Correction Request Notices, commonly referred to as “Social Security No-Match Letters.” The SSA requests responses within a 60 day period from the date on the notices. We have heard from our local members and industry counterparts in other states that many restaurants have received “Social Security No-Match Letters.” These letters should be taken seriously, and you should act accordingly. What Does This Mean For You The Social Security Administration (SSA) will send so-called ‘no-match’...

Donations of Food Inventory Equals Sizeable Charitable Deductions for Restaurants

April 22, 2019
Aronson LLC // by Aaron Boker Restaurants that donate food inventory to charitable organizations could have the opportunity to claim tax deductions for charitable contributions, which are given special and advantageous treatment by the Internal Revenue Service (IRC). According to IRC Section 170(e)(3), a taxpayer is eligible for a charitable deduction for donated “apparently wholesome food,” if the food given to the charitable organization is for the care of the ill, needy, or infants. “Apparently wholesome food” is defined as food that meets all the quality and...

Restaurateurs Converge on Washington for National Restaurant Association's Annual Public Affairs Conference

April 3, 2019
The two-day event featured policy updates from US Representatives and Senators, and conversations with political pundits. National Restaurant Association Nearly 600 industry leaders from 43 state restaurant associations converged on Capitol Hill for the National Restaurant Association’s 33 rd Annual Public Affairs Conference in Washington, DC. The two-day event, titled “Serving America’s Future, recognized our Association’s 100 th anniversary. It also featured updates from Representatives and Senators on key industry policies, conversations with political pundits, and...

How the Gig Economy is Changing How Restaurants Hire, Manage Their Workforce

April 16, 2019
SmartBrief // by Tricia Contreras A tight labor market, high employee turnover and millennials’ desire for flexible work schedules are driving some restaurant operators to change the way they hire and manage staffers. A growing wave of tech companies are building hiring platforms designed to make it easier for operators and workers to fill open shifts. “We’re playing with some of the app hiring, but in very linear sense,” Dine Brands Global Chief Information Officer Adrian Butler said during a panel discussion at the 2018 Restaurant Innovation Summit. “At some...