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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.

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...

How to Value a Restaurant Business

July 19, 2019
By Aaron Boker at Aaronson LLC Investors are constantly looking to purchase or buy into existing restaurants, while existing restaurant owners are always looking to sell a piece or their restaurant business. As acquisition deals are made in the restaurant industry, the main question that arises is, “How do I value the restaurant?” Since many valuation methods are available, care should be taken to ensure the “best” method is selected to lead to the best deal possible. Below are helpful strategies used by the industry for valuing a restaurant: Gross Sales Valuation This...

Restaurant Industry Added Nearly 14k Locations in 2018

June 5, 2019
National Restaurant Association The Restaurant Industry Added More Than 10,000 Locations for the Third Consecutive Year. Driven by population growth and an expanding economy, the restaurant industry continued to add locations at a steady pace in 2018. According to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics , the restaurant industry added a net 13,817 establishments* in 2018, an increase of 2.2 percent. The 2018 expansion followed a strong net increase of 15,169 locations (+2.5 percent) in 2017, and represented the third consecutive year in which the restaurant industry grew by at least 10,...

Restaurateurs Tell White House of Health Plan Success

May 13, 2019
After years of looking for affordable insurance coverage for employees, smaller operators say it is starting to get a little easier. National Restaurant Association After years of searching for affordable ways to provide health insurance coverage to their employees, smaller restaurant operators say it is starting to get a little easier, thanks to their access to the National Restaurant Association’s ‘ Benefit Trust ’ insurance initiative. At a May 8 White House policy workshop, Roberta Montelione, chef of Milan Catering in Sarasota and Tampa, Fla., told members of the...