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As many of you have been following the recent updates on the SBA and RRF, we thought it would be of interest to you to read the letter sent by Sean Kennedy, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs at the National Restaurant Association, that he sent out earlier today. In collaboration with local restaurant associations across the country, Sean sent the letter linked here to SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. We found it important to note that not only did he address Director Guzman, he also copied Bipartisan Leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate....
Managing Your Menu to Improve Profitability   Restaurants need to pay close attention to their menu now more than ever. The pandemic has made us all focus on what sells as we pair down our inventory to reduce cost and improve back of the house efficiency. In addition, the changing times are now producing record inflation which makes managing your food cost and updating your menu pricing critical to your success.   See what FoodPRO Executive Chef Dustin Stone recommends moving forward!       View the video below and then take a short five-question...
For many years, a restaurant's relationship with their food distributor has been primarily a transactional nature. Finding the best products at the best prices has been the norm which has led to a relationship of "I need you, but am I willing to partner with you to grow my business?" One strategy many restaurants used over the past year to remain viable in the marketplace was to partner with their food distributor. The video below features Tom Enright from FoodPRO, an RAMW Industry Partner, who speaks about how your food distributor can help you reach a new level of...
Effective at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, May 21, 2021, many substantive restrictions and requirements imposed by previous Mayor’s Orders and ABC Board rulemakings to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 will be lifted. Additionally, select activities such as pub crawls and extended holiday hours, that were temporarily suspended due to the public health emergency may resume. Full modifications are detailed in Mayor’s Order 2020-069, related ABC Board emergency rulemakings, and on ABRA’s website. Additionally, ABRA will host a virtual public...
Foodservice industry to celebrate community’s incredible resilience and innovation. Washington, DC (May 20, 2021) — Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today that the 39th Annual RAMMY Awards will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center as an in-person event on Sunday, September 19, 2021. New this year, the awards will pivot once again to honor the industry for the extraordinary ways in which its operators, distributors and suppliers, and industry partners were innovative, rethinking operations and navigating recent challenges in...
To help our restaurant clients stay current with ongoing legislative and industry developments, we have partnered with leading law firm Shulman Rogers and the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington to provide regular updates. Here are highlights from a recent conversation with Shulman Rogers Attorney Joy Eeinstein and Kathy Ogilvie of Restaurant People Cloud. COVID Vaccine Protocols for Restaurants Q1. Can Restaurants Mandate Vaccines? A1. Yes, restaurants can mandate that employees get them, so long as you have exceptions for strongly held religious beliefs and disabilities,...
DC residents can potentially save thousands of dollars per year on health insurance premiums through the American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Biden. Savings of nearly $36 million in premiums for DC residents this year; Plans as little as $2/month for residents who lost their jobs; Monthly savings average $146 a month for residents who have already provided their income information to DC Health Link; 100% payment of COBRA for laid off workers through September; District residents can go to DCHealthLink.com right now to preview their premium savings and enroll in a...
Through Giveaway, 51 winners are Eligible to Receive $500 to $25,000 to Support Local Businesses   (WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, in partnership with Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, launched the DC SHOP, EAT, PLAY, STAY giveaway to encourage residents and visitors from Maryland and Virginia to take advantage of all the District has to offer and support businesses and workers as we move closer to a better normal. Through the...
District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA) to Provide In-Kind Design and General Contracting Services for Your Existing or Proposed Streatery! Apply Today! This application will take you just 2 minutes to complete.  DCBIA is a non-profit professional trade association representing the Washington, DC real estate development industry. The association comprises professionals of nearly 500 member companies representing owners, developers, general contractors, architects, designers, engineers, attorneys, banks and other organizations in the real estate development industry....
RAMW has joined with FoodPro and CORE Restaurant Marketing to share with you a new restaurant education initiative, “Changing Strategies for Changing Times.” This educational series will be available free for all RAMW members and will cover important topics that will help you increase your sales and lower your food costs. Beginning in May, “Changing Strategies for Changing Times” will be available on the RAMW website and will be shared with members. The series will include monthly installments of videos, best practices from industry experts, and surveys on...
SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund Webinar Q&A How long will I have to wait to find out if my application is being funded?  Applications submitted will be turned around in 14 days if done through POS or SBA online application. Can we apply on day 1, minute 1 when the application portal opens, even if we aren't a woman, veteran or minority owned businesses? YES I am female and own 100% of my business as of 2020. The 10 years Prior to that I had a 50% partner who was male. We have not done our 2020 taxes yet, so how do I document on the RRF application that I am a 100%...
Fund prioritizes direct relief to women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and includes $9.5 billion in set-asides for smaller businesses. WASHINGTON - SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman today announced the U.S. Small Business Administration will begin registrations on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. EDT and open applications on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon EDT for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted....
IRS issues guidance for restaurant entertainment expenses, now fully deductible through 2022. To assist the hospitality industry in its recovery from pandemic-related shutdowns, the December Consolidated Appropriations Act authorized a temporary 100% tax deduction for business meal expenses provided generally by restaurants that would have otherwise been limited to 50%. The IRS has now provided guidance on the newly enacted 100% deduction, in Notice 2021-25, issued April 8. Background The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) changed Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 274...
Our friends at RY CPAs, a DC firm and fellow RAMW member that specializes in restaurant accounting, have graciously launched a Restaurant Recovery Program that awards three months of their accounting and CFO services to RAMW members at a significantly reduced rate in an effort to help restaurants recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides a unique opportunity for restaurants to modernize, streamline, and improve financial reporting in their operation so they can have near real-time access to key performance indicators at time when it is needed most. The goal is to help...
The Small Business Administration (SBA) landing page for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund is LIVE. Note: This is NOT the application. This is the program website, program guide, and final sample application that will give you more details and insight about the application process. We’ve noted along the way that SBA’s intention was to first distribute this information to give people time to prepare, then host educational sessions and Q&A’s (see below for our session registration), and then the application will likely go live at the end of April.  The website...
National Restaurant Association: FAQ's Restaurant Revitalization Grants On March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 created the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund to provide grants for restaurants sustaining financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is administering the program, and will be issuing the necessary federal rules, regulations, and applications before grant funds are distributed. This frequently asked questions (FAQ) resource will be updated as the SBA releases information on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund...
In collaboration with DC Health Link, the District’s online health insurance marketplace, RAMW recently hosted a webinar on the current options available to small businesses that have had changes in business operations affecting their ability to offer or maintain employer sponsored health coverage and for individuals who may be losing or have lost health insurance coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Including the newly added options that are part of the American Rescue Plan that also lowers premiums for District residents. View the recorded webinar here.
Uber is donating 5,000 free rides to RAMW to help restaurant workers get to and from their COVID-19 vaccination appointments. This announcement is part of Uber’s commitment to donate 10 million free rides to vaccine appointments nationally. Promo codes will be distributed to members located in DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland via RAMW and can be redeemed until September 30, 2021.  Promo Code Details:  This promotion is open to RAMW members.  Each promo code will give two (2) free rides, up to $25 off each (maximum $50 total discount per person). The...
5,000 FREE rides for Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington members will help keep restaurant workers safe amid the ongoing pandemic. WASHINGTON - on March 29th, Uber announced it will donate 5,000 free rides to the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) to help restaurant workers get to and from their COVID-19 vaccination appointments. This announcement is part of Uber’s commitment to donate 10 million free rides to vaccine appointments nationally.  “DC’s restaurant workers are among the hardest working and hardest hit members of our...
DC Health Link in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of African Affairs is hosting a series of town hall conversation about access to health insurance during the pandemic. The series, “Get the Facts. Get Covered: Health Insurance Enrollment During COVID 19” focuses on the value and benefits of having health insurance especially during the pandemic and providing consumers with the information and tools needed to access health insurance coverage through DC Health Link, health plan options including Medicaid, steps to enrollment, eligibility requirements, standard...
Sharing this AAPI Resources Guide that our friends at Common Threads put together. Visit the Common Threads AAPI page for a full list of resources Report a hate crime Stop AAPI Hate Celebrating AAPI Culture 12 Ways to Enrich Kids’ Appreciation of Asian-Pacific American Culture (U.S. Department of Education) Asian Reflections on the American Landscape (U.S. Department of the Interior) Bystander Intervention...
In response to the devastating economic and health impacts of COVID-19, the American Rescue Plan reduces premiums for health insurance through DC Health Link, provides health insurance for as little as $2/month to people who lost their jobs, and pays for 100% of COBRA for laid-off workers. It is a fundamental shift in how we view private health insurance affordability for all income earners and the biggest expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since 2010. District residents covered through DC Health Link will save approximately $36 million in premiums for individual and family health...
Food Rescue US - DC: An Option for Restaurants That Wish to Donate Surplus Food The COVID-19 pandemic has been a huge disruptor to the restaurant industry but despite that, Food Rescue US, DC’s volunteer-driven web-based food runner program, has continued to provide a service to restaurants that wish to donate their surplus food. With spring on the horizon and vaccination rates increasing, it seems brighter days are ahead, yet there will always be food waste and now there is an easy solution: Food Rescue US. Participating restaurants can choose to donate according to their need and...
National Landing Business Improvement District (BID) has joined forces with the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) to announce a $100,000 relief program called, “Love Local” to address the upending impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on restaurants and retail. This critical localized initiative is designed to provide funding and promotion to help National Landing restaurants and small businesses in need of immediate support.   The “Love Local” program will distribute financial support to all eligible open, brick & mortar small business or...
Funds Will Support Open and Eligible National Landing Restaurants and Small Businesses   (Arlington, VA) – March 15, 2021 – National Landing Business Improvement District (BID) has joined forces with the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) to announce a $100,000 relief program called, “Love Local” to address the upending impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This critical localized initiative is designed to provide funding and promotion to help National Landing restaurants and small businesses in need of immediate support.   “...

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