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Operating a restaurant involves a lot of moving parts – most controlled by you, but many controlled by laws, regulations, licenses and permits. Alcoholic beverages, food safety, labor practices and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (the healthcare mandate) are significant – and then there is everything else.

Get to know the regulatory agencies that govern such things as sidewalk cafes, signage, noise, fire safety and more. And, get to know about the efforts being made by RAMW on your behalf to improve the regulatory environment.


DMPED Opens "Great Streets Small Business Grants" Applications

September 23, 2019
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) welcomes submissions from eligible small businesses seeking to improve their place of business through this capital improvement grant program. Purpose : The purpose of the Great Streets Initiative is to transform certain designated emerging commercial corridors into thriving, walkable, and inviting neighborhood experiences. The Great Streets Initiative does this by supporting existing businesses, attracting new businesses, increasing the District’s tax base, and creating new job opportunities for District...Read more

Lawmakers Take Aim at Single-Use Packaging in Restaurants

September 19, 2019
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association Cities and states are imposing new restrictions or bans on certain types of packaging used in restaurants. Plastic straws may be the poster child for efforts to reduce plastics use, but legislation is unfolding across the nation to restrict or ban many types of restaurant packaging and single-use cutlery, packaging and other food ware. State restaurant associations , restaurateurs and suppliers are working with city councils and state legislatures to make sure new restrictions are workable for restaurants and that lawmakers understand the...Read more

National Restaurant Association's 2019 State of the Industry Report

September 19, 2019
Original content c/o: National Restaurant Association The latest industry trends — customers, industry segments, workforce, and more. What's the outlook for restaurants in 2019? The National Restaurant Association 's 2019 State of the Restaurant Industry report provides the details. From sales forecasts to projections for food costs, workforce opportunities, food trends, and technology advances, you'll get the overview here. Their State of the Industry report is available for purchase or as a complimentary download for members of the Association. Download the report!...Read more

District Holds “Food for Thought” Event to Help Ward 7 & 8 Residents Launch Food Industry Businesses

September 18, 2019
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Bowser administration officials, industry experts and entrepreneurs shared tips on how residents in Wards 7 and 8 can start and successfully run a food and beverage business in the District. “Food for Thought,” a half-day event held at the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center in Ward 8, was presented by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and the Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) . "Starting a restaurant, or another type of food-related business can be daunting, especially when you don’t know where to begin,”...Read more

Washington Nationals & Levy Launch Food Recovery Program with Nourish Now

September 17, 2019
The Washington Nationals and hospitality partner Levy are proud to announce a new partnership with Nourish Now , a Maryland-based food recovery non-profit. Nourish Now will receive and distribute appropriate excess food items from Nationals Park’s concession stands, clubs, and suites. The comprehensive food recovery program will also include food from special events held at the ballpark throughout the year. The majority of the collected items will provide vital support to children, families, and veterans in Montgomery County. A portion of the donated food will be delivered to the...Read more

DC Business Community & Major Employers Back Statehood for the District of Columbia

September 17, 2019
Washington, DC (September 17, 2019) — Earlier today, the District’s main business and employer organizations — Federal City Council, Greater Washington Board of Trade, DC Hospital Association, DC Chamber of Commerce, Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington, District of Columbia Building Industry Association, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and the Hotel Association of Washington, DC — formally endorsed HR. 51 and DC statehood in a letter to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. There is a clear economic and business...Read more

Podcast: National Restaurant Association’s CEO Dawn Sweeney on the ‘Relentless Resilience’ of the Industry

September 4, 2019
Original content c/o: Nation's Restaurant News NRN’s editor-in-chief interviews the CEO on what’s next for the association Listen to this podcast on Apple Podcast , Spotify or SoundCloud . National Restaurant Association CEO Dawn Sweeney is getting ready to pass the torch. After spending 12 years as the lead executive of the National Restaurant Association, Sweeney announced this spring she will be stepping down from her role at the end of 2019. In an interview with NRN at the association’s DC headquarters, she said she is working harder than ever to get things ready to...

Attention Employers: More No-Match Letters to Come This Fall

September 5, 2019
Original content c/o: O'Brien Law LLC According to a statement by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in response to a congressional inquiry, the SSA will be issuing a second wave of No-Match letters to employers during the fall of 2019. The SSA had resumed the issuance to employers of Social Security No-Match Letters earlier this year, a tactic first developed in the 1990s, but which had been abandoned by the SSA in 2012. As of April 2019, in its first wave of distribution, the SSA confirmed the issuance of a No-Match letters to 575,000 employers. Now re-packaged as “Employer...

How Chefs Are Making Kitchens A Better Place to Work

August 2, 2019
Orginally Published by National Restaurant Association Restaurateurs recognized for running healthy kitchen environments share their best practices. In a bustling kitchen where timing, quality and safety are everything, the charbroiler isn’t the only thing that heats up. When the rush is on, tempers can flare and tensions spike. Couple that with the job’s brisk pace and nontraditional schedule, and kitchen staff may be at risk for depression and fatigue. “There’s heavy stuff happening in restaurants,” says Sarah Worley, one of the chef/owners of Biscuit Love in...

5 Smart Ways Restaurants Can Leverage Technology to Beat the Chains

July 29, 2019
Content provided by Nift Business Network Opening your own business is exhilarating… and it’s a ton of hard work. It’s your vision, your heart and soul, and your blood, sweat, and tears. But once you open your doors, it’s a whole new ball game: how do you get known, get customers in, and make your business a destination? Chains and big businesses with huge marketing budgets and new technologies at their disposal make it even more difficult to get seen by your community. How do small businesses better use technology to level the playing field? We’ve consulted the...

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