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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 | 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...
July 21, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | Sincere thanks to a Colorado State Senator for introducing the funniest legislation I have ever encountered. His bill is actually well-meaning and pro-hospitality but goes far in illustrating the absurd priorities of our country. From Hospitality News, the monthly newsletter of the Colorado Restaurant Association: “Alcohol Testing in Culinary Schools - Senate Bill 82 allows students under...
July 21, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | Just as a simple sketch of the Eiffel Tower conjures Paris, France and romance, a simple sketch of a dryly wry martini conjures sophistication, savvy and wit, a picture of a pink cosmopolitan suggests fashion sense, sex and urbanity, an image of toasting champagne glasses implies festive, familial and friendly celebrations, a mug of frosty beer likewise bespeaks camaraderie, conversation and...
July 21, 2006
Lynne's Lounge | Not wanting to repeatedly rant unending platitudes, not wanting to keep on repeating the “repetition of the obvious,” one must nonetheless keep on keeping on ranting as to why wine, whiskey, smoking, dining and drinking are the avowed enemies of certain societal segments circa 2004.  Don’t we have too much else too worry about? War, crime, poverty, lack of health care,...
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...
June 30, 2006
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May 15, 2006
Tidbits | The common business wisdom – that restaurants fail at an alarmingly high rate, maybe as high as 90 to 95 percent in the first year, is flat wrong, according to researchers at Ohio State University.Their research suggests that the actual numbers may be closer to 57 to 61 percent; the highest failure rate was during the first year – 26 percent; the second year about 19 percent and the...
January 20, 2006
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September 19, 2005
Press Release | Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Launches Radio Ad Promoting Restaurant and Bar Freedom of Choice on Smoking FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 19, 2005Contact: Patrick Horn, 202.331.5990Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW)Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Launches Radio Ad Promoting Restaurant and Bar Freedom of Choice on Smoking(Washington, D.C.) --...
June 8, 2005
Legislation | By John McArdle, Roll Call Staff Hangouts Changed With the Area By the time the House Judiciary Committee formally launched impeachment hearings against then-President Richard Nixon on May 9, 1974, Stuart Long was already fairly certain that the Republican president was a political dead man walking. In those days, Long was the owner of two of Capitol Hill’s most popular watering holes...
May 2, 2002
Hot Topics | Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Urges D.C. Council Reform of Alcohol Licensing Process in Response to Local Restaurant’s Seven-Year Regulatory Battle WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 15, 2012) – The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) today called on D.C. Council member Jim Graham to include reform of the District’s alcohol licensing approval process...

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