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September 20, 2006
Legislation | Capital Is Attracting Singles and Empty-Nester Travelers, Nonprofit Group Says By Chris KirkhamWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, September 20, 2006; B04 Tourist spending jumped nearly 5 percent last year, pumping an estimated $5 billion into the District's economy and cementing tourism as one of the key economic drivers in the city, according to a survey released yesterday. By paying...
September 4, 2006
Legislation | Virginia: The Best State For Business Best Places Kurt Badenhausen 08.16.06, 8:00 AM ET Four hundred years after Captain John Smith established the first permanent English colony in Jamestown, the commonwealth of Virginia is leading the way once again. Virginia grabbed the top spot in Forbes.com's first-ever Top States for Business thanks to its strong economic growth, low business costs...
September 4, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | By Linton WeeksWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 3, 2006; A01To see and hear and smell how America works, go to the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Chesapeake Street NW and step into the Steak 'n Egg Kitchen. The Tenleytown diner is a round-the-clock crossroads for people from all over the world -- all colors and ages and religions and socioeconomic stripes. It's usually...
August 31, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | Thank you to all of you who have expressed concern about my family and the city of New Orleans.During this hellish week, I have been as devastated as my city, flooded with grief but hopeful that New Orleans and the Gulf Coast will be soon flooded with more relief.Every time more scenes of the hurricane and its aftermath are on TV or on the internet, I reminisce of wonderful times growing up in...
August 31, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | Washington Business Journal - December 10, 1999 by Steve Davolt Small Business Editor When District restaurateur Lynne Breaux returned to her native New Orleans for three days last June, her trip wound up being a strange sort of homecoming. Instead of the Garden District and the French Quarter, Breaux took in a side of the Big Easy she had never seen. She toured the surrounding military...
August 31, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | Take a look at the faces behind the facts, the figures and maybe even a few fights Washington Business Journal - January 2, 2004 Business stories are people stories. A seemingly obvious observation, yes, and a statement readers of Washington Business Journal know better than anyone. Ask the unenlightened, however, and they'll likely tell you business stories are numbers. They're stock...
August 31, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | Lynne Breaux fights for your right to 'eat, drink and be merry,' though she'll tell you she is nourishing your soul along with your stomach Washington Business Journal - November 14, 2003 by Eleni Kretikos Staff Reporter The allure of the hospitality industry was something Lynne Breaux could not escape. Not that she wanted to. In her teenage years, she dreamed of being an...
August 31, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | Julia Reed's Food columns are as refreshing and as crisp as the iceberg lettuce featured on Aug. 24. I especially appreciated the line ''the days when you could go out and have a cocktail and a cigarette and a turn or two around a dance floor before sitting down to some food that was actually pretty good.'' The decrease in the number of restaurants offering these pleasurable...
August 31, 2006
Legislation | By Annie Shuppy May 9 (Bloomberg) -- Jeff Buben wonders how his two Washington, D.C., restaurants changed from places where lawmakers enjoyed lunch to potential crime scenes. ``The business of Washington is done in restaurants,'' said Buben, chef-owner of Bistro Bis and Vidalia. ``To put restaurants at the end of the barrel, say that's where criminal activity is being done -- that...
August 13, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | Spring 2003 may not be the time to laud anything French. However, it may well be the perfect time to illustrate basic fundamental differences between the American vs. the French attitude a la Alcool. Our posturing politicians’ positions belie the unalterable fact the country was founded in taverns and that public policy continues to be made in social settings, albeit not the 3-martini...
July 21, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | by: Lynne Breaux, President RAMW, May 2004 - Published in the Beverage Journal (DC/MD) Restaurants beget retail, retail begets residential, residential begets resurgence, and resurgence begets revenue. Society and people benefit, their quality of life improves as crime decreases and city services improve. The intrepid restaurateurs that start the restaurant-to-retail-to-residence snowball...
July 21, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | Epicurus the Greek philosopher held that the goal of man should be a life of pleasure, regulated by morality, temperance, serenity and cultural development.  Evidently, our government feels that we are not capable of moderating our quest for pleasure, that we are a nation of insatiable appetites and that all of our behavioral standards must be governmentally mandated.  Case in point,...
July 21, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | Since restaurants, bars, nightclubs are hospitality places where people of all ages, occupations and cultures converse, celebrate, commiserate, date, mate, eventually often procreate, legislate, facilitate, appropriate, (this is metropolitan Washington, DC) and frequently act in-appropriate, the occurrence of serendipity reigns supreme.  Serendipity is often incorrectly thought to be the...
July 21, 2006
Hot Topics | As you may be aware, two new smoking-related proposals impacting the hospitality industry were introduced this week before the DC City Council. RAMW is closely monitoring these recent developments. RAMW is emphatically not pro-smoking but pro-choice for businesses, consumers and employees on smoking. RAMW has been the lead advocate in fighting a mandatory city-wide smoking ban since the battle...
July 21, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | Restaurant owners and employees surely must be the most discreet of professionals. Without the physician/patient oath or the attorney/client privilege or the priest/confessor confidentiality, what happens in restaurants generally stays in restaurants (paraphrasing the apt, new Las Vegas promotional piece.)  Restaurateurs are inherently people-pleasing people or they could not remain in the...

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