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8/17 – 8/30: Metropolitan Washington Summer Restaurant Week

July 30, 2020
Annual promotion born from crisis in 2001 returns to support current restaurant recovery efforts. WHAT: Summer Restaurant Week, presented by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), returns as the region’s biannual celebration of outstanding restaurants that contribute so much to our region. New this year, Restaurant Week has expanded to include a to-go program with a variety of family-style offerings as well as cocktail and wine pairings, available over two full weeks to encourage support of hundreds of restaurants throughout DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia...Read more

Reminder DC Sales Tax Due, and Regional and National Updates

July 16, 2020
In DC, we have heard from a number of you that you have received notices from OTR regarding sales and use tax filings, payments, and penalties accrued. OTR is sending these notices to businesses who they believe did not file their returns on time. As a reminder, sales taxes for February and March, normally due March 20 and April 20 respectively, could have been filed without payment on the regular date. You were still required to file on the original date, however the payment was deferred until July 20, 2020 without penalty. Filings and payments for April and beyond were due on their regular...

SurfaceGuard Services

July 16, 2020
We can help save the restaurant industry. Right now as we speak, every restaurant owner is trying to protect their employees and customers against Covid-19 by cleaning their establishments with disinfectants. This is a losing proposition and a costly one at that. All of these plans will fail for one very simple reason: Disinfectants kill Covid-19 only the moment they are used but evaporate quickly and leave behind no residual protection. So just minutes after a restaurant "cleans itself" any employee or customer who sneezes or puts an infected hand on a bar top, tap handle, door...

Testing Resources and DC Updates

July 9, 2020
Heading into the weekend, we want to remind you of important information on FREE testing. If you or anyone you know is in need of a coronavirus test, please refer to the below resources. Your testing location is based on your place of residence not employment. DC, Virginia and Maryland all offer walk up testing sites as well as appointment only locations. DC Testing Information Virginia Testing Information Maryland Testing Information In DC, in the draw of Tuesday’s 10-hour DC Council Legislative Session over Zoom, we missed communicating one major nugget that we know was a big concern...

EMR Equipment Services Promotion

July 7, 2020
Attention RAMW members! To offer relief to restaurants, hospitality, entertainment and healthcare facilities, EMR is offering a kitchen equipment services promotion for ice machines and steamers, along with a reduced rate of $99 for any service repair through July 31. Having fully operational equipment and limited-to-no downtime is critical to your mission of operating a successful business. We have your back and we are here to help in any way we can with your commercial kitchen equipment operation needs. Contact your local branch today.

DSLBD DC Business Toolkit

June 22, 2020
If you have not gotten the chance yet, check out the DC Business Toolkit. The DC Business Toolkit is an interactive online portal that centralizes the vast number of business assistance resources that are available citywide through DSLBD, sister agencies and service providers. This allows District businesses and residents exploring entrepreneurship to quickly find and use these tools to open, operate and grow their business in the District of Columbia. Additionally, the DC Business Toolkit helps businesses promote themselves to prospective customers and make unique B2B connections with local...

Ongoing Relief and Enhanced Benefits for Pepco Customers

June 11, 2020
At Pepco, we are committed to providing safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy service, which we know is more critical now than ever with more of our customers working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We would be remiss, if we did not acknowledge the call to action that is underway across the country and globally against racism. Pepco, and our parent company Exelon, stand in solidarity with our black communities to be present and speak out against racism and violence. Through these difficult times, we are advancing relief for all of our customers who may be challenged,...

Rosslyn BID: Ready for Reentry Program

June 5, 2020
The Rosslyn BID launched its Rosslyn Ready initiative to support and organize the Rosslyn community and businesses in promoting proper safety measures for welcoming people back into the neighborhood. As part of Rosslyn Ready, the BID launched the "Ready for Reentry" program to help businesses prepare for a safe reentry. Specifically for restaurants, the Rosslyn BID has partnered with industry experts to produce resources with vital information for reopening: Streetsense to offer restaurants information related to capital management, operational adjustments (e.g., seating spacing,...

DC and Fairfax County Updates

May 20, 2020
Dear Operator, Today was a good day for restaurants in DC. The Council passed legislation that clarified the timeline, mechanism and relief tied to the Tenant Payment Plan (TPP) which requires landlords to provide payment plans for rent due during the health emergency . This will allow the payment of missed or late rent due during the health emergency to be paid within one year . This applies to all retailers plus all commercial property under 6,500 sqft. This will go into effect when the Mayor signs the legislation, and we will keep you posted on when that occurs and what you should be...

Industry Gratitude Campaign Starts Monday!

May 18, 2020
Good Morning Operators, We are shifting gears a bit today to discuss the first step of a multi-part consumer facing marketing campaign. As we continue to gain new insight from leaders across the region on the WHEN of reopening, we are beginning our own gradual efforts of HOW industry messaging and marketing tied to all the phases of recovery will unfold. We’ve been mentioning this multi phase campaign to you rooted in 1) Gratitude, 2) Public Trust & Best Practices, and lastly 3) Recovery & Dining Out. We will be kicking off Part 1 of this campaign on Monday 5/18. We know you...