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Washington, DC (July 26, 2021)—Industry professionals and their fans gathered this afternoon as Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced finalists for the 2021 RAMMY Awards, the winners of which will be announced on Sunday, September 19, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Special for this year only, many stakeholders came together to identify categories that speak to 2020 and the myriad of challenges, unforeseen hurdles, and opportunities that arose to let creativity shine. Recognizing that it would not be fair to assess the industry on...
We know that hiring and retaining employees is the largest challenge facing restaurant owners today. The video below features Chris Floyd, President and Founder of Capital Restaurant Resources. Learn from his experience how to deal with hiring issues for today and the future. Keep up to date with the latest industry trends and issues! Register for the "Changing Strategies for Changing Times" program to receive video interviews that will make a difference in running your restaurant! If you have questions regarding the "Changing Strategies for Changing Times"...
They say that “change is good.” And while switching to Kaiser Permanente should be a seamless experience, any organizational change can be disruptive and spark many questions – especially when the change involves something as important as health care. The good news is that there are ways to minimize that disruption so employees can feel good about the change and stay focused on doing their job. In a recent blog post, we shared tips employers can use to leverage best practices in change management.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Avery Meetre, LRA PR avery@lindarothpr.com 202-369-4954 RAMW Highlights Metropolitan Washington Summer Restaurant Week Offerings Signature promotion offers something for everyone and exciting new restaurants this August Washington, DC (July 20, 2021)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today the roster of restaurants participating in Summer Restaurant Week from Monday, August 9, to Sunday, August 15. The signature summer dining event returns to a one-week promotion with Restaurant Week diners able to enjoy three-course...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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.   “...
Governor Northam approved permanent version of COVID-19 workplace safety rules. Employers should familiarize themselves with the new standard which is attached to this memorandum. On Wednesday, January 27th, Governor Northam announced that he has approved a permanent version of its COVID-19 workplace safety rules, which mandates employers implement pandemic precautions such as social distancing and masks. The permanent standards will remain in place at least until the end of the pandemic, at which point the Commonwealth’s Safety and Health Codes Board can reconvene to...
Throwing Bean for Beads. Mardi Gras Benefit Feeding the DMV Restaurant Community in Need on February 16th, 2021. It has been a very tough time for all of us in the restaurant industry and what helps keep us going is that we are in this together and thinking of ways to help each other. We are sharing an event we are in support of and would like to see if you wish to participate. Event co-chairs for the annual Mardi Gras Extravaganza event in DC, chefs David Guas (native New Orleanian) and Spike Mendelsohn, along with Micheline Mendelsohn, Gina Chersevani, and Bruce Pike are putting...
Groundbreaking collaboration provides detailed copyright information for more than 20 million songs, including reconciled ownership shares, offering greater transparency for the industry NEW YORK – (December 21, 2020) – ASCAP and BMI, the nation’s two leading performing rights organizations, today announced the launch of SONGVIEW, a comprehensive data platform that provides music users with an authoritative view of copyright ownership and administration shares in the vast majority of music licensed in the United States. SONGVIEW technology allows ASCAP and...
Good news on the Federal Relief front! A silver lining in this challenging week is that Congress has reached a bipartisan deal that will likely pass the House and Senate today. This is a bright spot as we head into the Holidays and are faced with many operational hindrances. The final text is finally out. Below is a quick analysis of what's included thanks to Matt Hetrick at the Harmony Group.    PAYROLL PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP) Who Qualifies: If your business has experienced a quarter this year with a sales drop of 25%+ vs last year, you will likely...
To ensure we are reaching diners and restaurant supporters every week, we have created a Winter Marketing Timeline. This calendar of marketing promotions is active now encouraging diners to explore all our local restaurants have to offer for the holiday season, whether they are dining out, dining out at home, or looking for holiday meals and treats to order for family and friends. It continues through January, into February with Valentine’s Day, and through the month of March.    As we talk to media outlets, share on social media, and promote all that you are doing, we can...
PARTICIPATION DETAILS DEADLINE: Friday, February 19, 2021 SIGN UP HERE!   CHERRY PICKS PROGRAM:  The National Cherry Blossom Festival, in conjunction with RAMW, is proud to showcase the District’s vibrant and diverse restaurant scene to attendees of the Festival to be held March 20 - April 11, 2021. Restaurants are encouraged to enroll in the program to highlight an item for their menu. Please note: the use of cherries as an ingredient is not necessary to participate in this promotion.   Cherry Pick: You may highlight a new springtime menu item or a...

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