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This Thanksgiving, skip the stress & let someone else do the cooking! Take your pick of great restaurants offering up special turkey day deals to make your holiday special (and easy!). Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company Download the Holiday Menu (202)333-2558 Make entertaining easy and delicious this holiday season with ROCKLANDS famous slow-smoked turkey — tender, juicy, and loaded with flavor! View the full holiday menu online & call to place your order by Monday 11/20 @ noon!​ Del Campo View the Holiday Order Form (202)289-7377 Chef Victor...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                       Contact: Joanna Heaney Linda Roth Associates, Inc. joanna@lindarothpr.com 202-888-3567   11/13 – 11/19: DC Cocktail Week Explore Creative Cocktail and Food Pairings with Specials from the Region’s Best Mixologists   WHAT...
Restaurants, especially smaller establishments, need to make the most of their IT budgets to remain profitable and competitive. One way to stretch an IT budget is with Software as a Service (SaaS) for your Point-of-Sale (POS) system.   Instead of buying a high-priced physical copy of a software platform, SaaS lets you keep that cash flow and instead pay a reasonable fixed monthly subscription rate.   Here are three benefits that make SaaS worth considering.   Cost. Buying and maintaining software can carry significant upfront costs and additional unexpected costs...
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              Contact: Joanna Heaney Linda Roth Associates, Inc. joanna@lindarothpr.com 202-888-3567   Dining Out and Giving Back Has Never Been Easier Metropolitan Washington Summer Restaurant Week Participants to Benefit Capital Area Food Bank       WHAT: Summer Restaurant Week hosted by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is about more than just...
Even though more than 97 percent of all U.S. credit cards are now issued with chips, many restaurant owners continue to struggle to implement and maintain EMV technology due to cost and complexity. In fact, more than 60 percent of U.S. merchants still aren’t ready, even though the “liability shift” went into effect more than two years ago.    Restaurants are a leading target for point-of-sale intrusions – which can be costly –  so it’s more important than ever to ensure your business is protected.    Heartland offers out-of-...
Beginning June 30, 2017, MasterCard will require all point-of-sale systems to accept credit cards with Bank Identification Numbers that begin with a 2. Currently, all MasterCard cards issued begin with 5. The new 2-series cards will effectively double the number of available MasterCard credit cards worldwide and will be processed in the same manner as current MasterCard cards.  Please note that if you are using a third-party POS system, you should contact your provider to determine if any action is required for your system to accept the new 2-series cards. Not only could you...
Veteran restaurateurs will tell you that making great food isn’t the biggest challenge of running a good restaurant. Making food profitably is the real beast. Despite ever-rising ingredient costs compressing margins to razor-thinness, operators are reluctant to pass those increases on to price-conscious consumers. That makes monitoring every step of the food production process—from the loading dock to the very plates on which food is served—essential if an operation is going to make money. It's always fun to hear customers’ rave reviews about your food, but...
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is thrilled to announce restaurateur Ashok Bajaj will be honored with the 2017 Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award at a reception at 6:00pm on Wednesday, May 17. This is one of the twenty-one awards presented during the RAMMY Awards season and is named in honor of legendary Washington restaurateur Duke Zeibert. The honor is determined by RAMW’s Executive Committee and recognizes an individual whose hard work and outstanding initiative has increased the profile and success of the metropolitan Washington foodservice community and...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                           Contact: Joanna Heaney Linda Roth Associates, Inc. joanna@...
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Lending made easy: Secure more dough to get back to your bread and butter   Balancing your everyday operating costs while investing in expenses to grow your business doesn’t have to feel like juggling hot plates. While a small business loan may seem daunting, it’s often the best way to boost your bottom line. Here are a few reasons you may consider a loan:   Expansion – Is business booming out your front door? If you need a bigger space or need to hire more employees or fresh talent to keep up, a loan can help you cover the cost of expanding without...
It’s been approximately one year since the EMV liability shift took effect and it’s time for a mid-term report card on EMV’s issuance, acceptance, speed, security and overall impact. EMV Issuance In terms of card issuance, I have to give the issuers a “B+” for the pure volume of credit and debit cards they’ve placed in the hands of millions of cardholders, starting even before the liability shift began. As of June 2016, Visa reported that 125 million credit cards were issued, representing 44% of all credit cards. Visa also reported that 126 million...
Liability shift lifts veil on small counterfeit charges By: Georgia Stavrakis, CPP   It’s been a year since the U.S. migrated to EMV technology, and more than 1 million businesses now use EMV chip-embedded credit card readers. Unfortunately, criminals are taking full advantage of businesses that haven’t fully made the switch, leaving even small businesses vulnerable to costly chargebacks.   Restaurants have been plagued for years by counterfeit, stolen and cloned credit card activity, but it’s much more apparent now that liability for these fraudulent charges...
Whether you want to reduce operating costs, increase the reliability of your energy supply, upgrade inefficient systems, increase your revenue potential  or improve the ambience of your restaurant —Washington Gas is here to help. Our team will help you determine what investments will save the most energy and money. We’ll survey your structure or planned project, assess your energy needs and recommend natural gas solutions that will give you optimal performance at absolutely no cost to you. Our team also has the experience and technical expertise to walk you through each...
On Thursday, June 16th we recognized the accomplishments of more than 340 graduates who completed their career training, GED and ESL programs. During her address to students, Mayor Muriel Bowser commended graduates for putting education first. New citizen and Carlos Rosario School graduate Yorlenys Maradiaga, originally from Honduras, encouraged her classmates to spread the word about the power of education. “We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for someone else helping us to see that with education we have so many more opportunities in life,” Yorlenys said. The...
Have you experienced an increasing number of chargebacks in the wake of last fall's liability shift? Now that the fraud liability shift has moved to merchants, many restaurant operators are seeing an increase in chargebacks in the restaurant space. Many restaurant POS companies do not have a method (EMV) to process these cards which in turn exposes the restaurant to the liability. Join the National Restaurant Assocation (NRA) and Heartland Payment Systems for a webinar on this topic on June 23, 11 a.m. ET. During this webinar, experts from Heartland and the...
Content provided by Heartland Payment Systems a RAMW Endorsed Provider. The liability shift deadline has passed. And guess what? The world didn’t come to an end—just like it didn’t when the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2000. But unlike Y2K, EMV is here to stay. The good news is the sun didn’t set for good on October 1. Maybe you were aware of the liability shift, but decided against the equipment upgrade. You might have had every intention of becoming compatible, but before you knew it, October 1 had come and gone. Or you could still be trying to...
Restaurants and the foodservice industry in the DC Metropolitan region are major drivers of business growth. Restaurants account for nearly 60,000 jobs just in DC and the industry brings in over $2.6 billion in spending to the District. Still, restaurant owners and operators face a delicate battle to maintain a sustainable bottom line and continue to create and maintain jobs.   Learn about how restaurants thrive in our region, about the challenges and economics of owning a foodservice business, and read the stories of the people behind some of our regions best restaurants in the...
The EMV (European MasterCard Visa) migration is rolling full steam ahead in the United States and it’s a tectonic shift of the nation’s payments infrastructure. Banks and card issuers are sending out chip cards to their customers, while retailers are deploying new terminals to support them. Effective October 1, 2015 Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express have mandated liability shifts for fraudulent transactions. Generally, liability will shift to the party using the least secure technology.  If you’re like many restaurateurs, you may be having a hard time...
Montgomery County Council Changes Minimum Wage Effective Dates and Freezes Tip Wage at Current $4.00 New Effective Dates Earlier this year, the Montgomery County Council passed legislation which changes the 2016 and 2017 effective dates for County minimum wage increases.  On October 1, 2015, the Montgomery County minimum wage will increase from the current $8.40/hour to $9.55/hour as scheduled.  However, subsequent wage increases will become effective in July instead of October in order to align the County with statewide minimum wage effective dates.   Tip Wage...
RAMW member restaurants welcome auto enthusiasts with Auto Show specials and promotions   Washington, DC - Events DC and the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington along with its members are excited to welcome the 2015 Washington Auto Show from January 23 – February 1, 2015.   The annual show marks a new era for Washington, D.C.‘s largest public show. With its doubled time frame, from five to ten days, it’s an even bigger experience for fans and attendees. The 2015 Washington Auto Show will deck the Walter E. Washington...
YELLOW PAGES SCAM TARGETS SMALL BUSINESSES Prepared by Carolyn Due at Saul Ewing LLP At a time when Yelp reviews, Twitter and Facebook have become popular ways for restaurants to advertise their businesses, the relevance of directory listings has diminished.  It may then come as a surprise to receive an invoice for hundreds or thousands of dollars for what looks like an online Yellow Pages listing.  Beware: it may be a “yellow pages” or directory scam.  Over the years, Attorneys General in various states and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) have...
Focus on cleanliness, good hygiene practices to prep your restaurant for an A+ By Kristin Dempsey Heading up a restaurant means there is an endless list of things you need to get ready for each and every day. In the hustle and bustle of the daily lunch rush or the late-night crowd, it’s easy to push one of the most important items farther and farther down the “to do” list: Get ready for the next health inspection. You don’t want to be left scrambling to make sure everything is up to code right before an expected visit – which you can’t predict anyway....
Summer 2015 may seem a long time away, but we need you to sign up now to be part of one of the largest multi-sport, multi-venue events in the world (second only to the Summer Olympics!). The 2015 World Police and Fire Games will welcome more than 30,000 visitors (including athletes from police, fire, and other public safety agencies) from more than 70 countries to compete in 1,600 medal events across 60 sports. This is a unique opportunity to gain exposure, promote your brand and gain repeat business through more than 4,000 local volunteers that will a part of this event. ...
GAITHERSBURG, MD – September 9th, 2014 – Great American Restaurants are opening their newest restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD. Coastal Flats will be a part of the Downtown Crown development and will be open for lunch and dinner. Doors open at 4pm September 9th.  Coastal Flats is a casual seafood house. The “buzz” is 1950’s coastal Florida inspired…with some unexpected twists such as Blue Crab & Rock Shrimp Fritters, Miso Glazed Sea Bass, Jambalaya Pasta, Low Country Beef Back Ribs and world class Mojitos. Coastal Flats is a throwback to another era...

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