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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.

Foodem Partners with RAMW to Facilitate & Innovate Member’s Foodservice Procurement Process

April 30, 2014
Baltimore, MD - April 30, 2014 - Foodem , an innovative B2B online food procurement marketplace and business intelligence solution for the $650 billion U.S. wholesale food distribution industry, and the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) , are pleased to announce the establishment of their new strategic partnership. Launched in late 2013, Foodem facilitates relationships, automates foodservice procurement processes and connects wholesale food buyers with small to mid-sized food distributors, local farms and specialty food manufacturers. The new partnership with RAMW aims to...Read more

Extreme Winter to Impact Energy Markets for Months to Come

APPI Energy
April 22, 2014
Although winter 2014 is over, the collateral economics will be felt for months to come. The polar vortex triggered two extreme winter events that will cause many electricity customers to experience increased costs throughout 2014. If you noticed an increase on your electricity bills, then your bill and supplier contract should be evaluated as soon as possible. Contact Deborah Carven, 800.520.6685 | 410.749.5507, Senior Energy Consultant, CEP with APPI Energy to receive an evaluation as a RAMW member. RAMW members receive ongoing market analysis and customer service, including resources,...

Updated: Green Dot Card Scam Targeting Local Restaurants

March 3, 2014
Updates on the Green Dot Money Pack/Pepco Scam RAMW has been in touch with Pepco and they are aware of the Green Dot Scam. If you receive a call from a person claiming to be from Pepco or any other service provider it is important that you: take precautions to verify the person is affiliated with the company, especially if that person is requesting an immediate credit card or cash payment. Pepco will never ask a customer to provide a specific form of payment and always offers customers multiple payment options. ask for official photo identification from any person who shows up at their door...Read more

The Underpinning of Success for the Food and Beverage Industry

Cohn Reznick
February 26, 2014
In the restaurant industry, success depends on a strong brand concept that is successfully executed, tightly managed for profitability, and delivers a consistent customer experience. The challenge facing the leaders of food and beverage operations is how to successfully align leadership, management, and staff in accomplishing these objectives. In our experience, the most successful organizations have maintained competitive advantage and realized profitable revenue growth by establishing core values that help everyone make decisions that best support the brand. Core values are the building...

Boost Profits With Energy Efficiency

February 26, 2014
Restaurants consume five to seven times more energy than other businesses. From long operating hours to energy-intensive food preparation, it’s easy to see why restaurants use such a high amount of energy. Unfortunately, this means that restaurants also waste more energy than a typical business. In fact, according to Pacific Gas and Electric, the food service industry wastes around $8 billion in energy every year. In the District, the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) offers rebates on everything from energy-efficient stoves and fryers to refrigeration and HVAC upgrades that can...

Mandatory in Maryland: Food Allergy Awareness

February 14, 2014
By Betsy Craig (CEO and founder of MenuTrinfo® ) A senate bill was passed on January 23rd, 2014 in Maryland that mandates all commercial kitchens to have allergy awareness training . Beginning March 1st, 2015 , it will be mandatory for food establishments in Maryland to have one employee on the premises at all times who have completed a food allergen awareness training course and passes an accredited test approved by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Of those individuals who have gone through training, one employee must be available to discuss meal options with customers who...

Ballston Restaurant Challenge

Ballston Restaurant Challenge
February 3, 2014
The Ballston Business Improvement District (BID) has launched the next level of its campaign to showcase Ballston as the ideal place to start up and grow a business. With Top Chef Mike Isabella, a DC chef and restaurateur, at the helm of this new campaign, the Ballston BID is thrilled to begin the search for Ballston’s next big restaurateur. What you when you win: a lease with first year free, below market rates after and a $245,000 interest free loan. Brookfield Office Properties, which owns building space Ballston, has offered to donate a year of free restaurant space and a fully...

District Grant Money Fuels Job Training at DC Central Kitchen

January 29, 2014
By Mike Conneen , WJLA7 The DC government is partnering with the local hospitality and restaurant industries to help unemployed Washingtonians get specialized job training and find work. At DC Central Kitchen , the new grant money will help expand a culinary arts program. Read More.Read more

CohnReznick and Results Thru Strategy Team Up to Support the Hospitality Industry

January 28, 2014
CohnReznick LLP , the 11th largest accounting, tax, and advisory firm in the United States, is teaming up with Results Thru Strategy , a consortium of hospitality industry experts, to help restaurants and hotels create sustainable strategies that yield long-term results in cost savings and revenue generation. CohnReznick’s accounting, tax, and financial advisory services will be paired with Results Thru Strategy’s organizational design, concept development, brand strategy, culinary, franchising, and marketing expertise to provide hotel and restaurant executives with a one-stop-...

NLRB Abandons Union Poster Rule

January 8, 2014
By Julian Hattem, The Hill The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is backing down from a fight over a contentious regulation that would have required most businesses to display posters about union rights. Two federal appeals courts struck down the rules in separate cases last year, ruling that they amounted to an overreach from the labor rights agency. The NLRB’s last recourse to save the rules was to appeal to the Supreme Court. On Monday, it declined to take that step, effectively killing the regulations for good. Read More .Read more