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August 30, 2010
Legislation | Credit/Debit Card Reform  On July 21, 2010, President Obama signed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 4173) into law. A section of the bill authorizes the Federal Reserve to issue regulations that ensure interchange fees imposed on debit card transactions are "reasonable and proportional." It will allow merchants to set minimum amounts (not to exceed $10 per...
August 30, 2010
Hot Topics | Release Date: Thursday, August 5th 2010Benefits Enhance the Urban Experience, Promote Use of Public SpaceWASHINGTON, DC - Sidewalk cafes are “a true indicator of street life and a clear measure that Downtown is becoming a place where people can have remarkable urban experiences,” according to Richard H. Bradley, executive director of the Downtown DC Business Improvement District (BID...
August 2, 2010
Legislation | The Internal Revenue Service has announced a new compliance initiative to increase IRS Form 8027 filings in the restaurant industry.The IRS believes many tableservice restaurants don’t file IRS Form 8027 as required. The Employer’s Annual Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips must be filed with the IRS every February by employers who operate large food and beverage...
July 29, 2010
Press Release | * * * MEDIA ADVISORY * * *  Contacts: Clarke Manley, WCSAJuly 29, 2010 cmanley@wcsa.com 202-345-2613                                                  ...
July 29, 2010
Tidbits | August 3, 2010By: Kytja WeirExaminer Staff WriterFrom Aug. 16 through 22, more than 200 local restaurants will be offering three-course fixed-price menus of $20.10 for lunch and $35.10 for dinner during the biannual Restaurant Week. Patterson, member services director of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, explains the deal.Cities around the country have had such weeks for years....
July 23, 2010
Hot Topics | The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall will host a three-day Living Earth Festival, Friday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 8, that acknowledges Native contributions to managing the environment and sustaining lifeways and foodways. The festival will include an outdoor fresh-produce market, fine-art market, symposium, hands-on activities for kids and...
July 21, 2010
Hot Topics | Later today, President Obama will sign into law the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  Here are the effective dates of the three provisions of significant interest to the industry:Effective Tomorrow·  Merchants will be able to set minimum amounts for credit card usage as long as the minimum does not exceed $10 per transaction (i.e. you no longer have to accept...
July 15, 2010
Tidbits | The Washington Lobbyist, Monday, July 12, 2010A epic tournament between juggernauts was fought on Sunday (July 11, 2010). No, it wasn't the World Cup, but a battle of the city's best mixologists at Quill Bar in theJefferson Hotel. Competitors were Sal Aldana, bartender at CityZen, Clinton Terry, head bartender at PX, Adam Bernbach, bar manager at Proof and Estadio, Carlton McCoy, assistant...
July 15, 2010
Press Release | PRESS RELEASEMaria Puletti, (703) 979-8200 or pulettim@comcast.net                          The Portofino Restaurant celebrates 40 years in ArlingtonThe Portofino Restaurant will celebrate 40 years in Arlington in August, 2010. The  Portofino Restaurant is a family owned...
July 14, 2010
Hot Topics | Real Estate July 13, 2010, 5:30PM ESTBy Venessa Wong(Updated in the fourth paragraph to identify the correct location of Manpower's headquarters.)It took more than a year, but Bernice Spicer finally found a job. Spicer, 52, has been working since April as a sales associate at the new Bel Air, Md., store of hhgregg (HGG), an Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer that has been...
July 14, 2010
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July 12, 2010
Tidbits | LA Times, Juy 6 ,2010By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington BureauTheirs was a love affair that began in the glow of a candlelit table. It was a white tablecloth and red wine evening. The food was refined, the service impeccable. The private room with the glass door was discreet, but the couple behind it could not go unnoticed.It's been a year and a half since that meal at Equinox, a chic and...
July 12, 2010
Hot Topics | Posted By: Chris On July 5, 2010 @ 9:45 amAmerican flags line Commonwealth Avenue (Photo: Chris Newsham)The Washington-metropolitan area’s SoberRide program provided 389 free cab rides home to would-be drunk drivers this Independence Day. The local program removed a would-be drunk driver every 74 seconds. SoberRide began yesterday at  10 p.m. and ended at 6 a.m. today the traditionally...
July 9, 2010
Hot Topics | Written by: Karen Dalton Beninato Tuesday, 15 June 2010 16:29 CityVoicesNEW ORLEANS | This weekend, the Patrón Tequila Epicurean Express vintage club car rolls into in New Orleans on the heels of raising almost $20,000 in Washington, DC's Union Station for fisherman through the St. Bernard Project. The  85 foot long, 125 ton 1927 railway car brought chefs Brian Landry, Chris Lusk and...
July 1, 2010
Hot Topics | The Oil Shall Not Spoil It for D.C.Chef Jeff Tunks Sets the Record Straight Today on the Affects of the Oil SpillFor the past 30 years, chef Jeff Tunks, Executive Chef and co-proprietor of Passion Food Hospitality, five established seafood-centric restaurants [DC Coast, TenPenh, Ceiba, Acadiana, and PassionFish] serving 300 seats on average per meal,  has lived and worked in our nation...

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