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December 28, 2009
Hot Topics | **Healthcare Reform Update ** On Thursday, December 24, 2009, the Senate passed H.R. 3950, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 60-39. The bill contains three of our five key priorities including a part-time worker exemption, a small business exemption for those with fewer than 50 full-time employees, and it protects the ERISA framework for large, multi-state employers.  In...
December 14, 2009
Tidbits | At Hanukkah, Chefs Make Kitchen ConversionsBy Joan Nathan for The New York Times December 9, 2009Growing up in Fredericksburg, Va., Todd Gray said, he could count all his town’s Jewish residents on one hand.So when Mr. Gray, the chef and owner of Equinox Restaurant in Washington, down the street from the White House, became engaged to Ellen Kassoff in 1994, her father decided to acquaint...
December 11, 2009
Tidbits | EagleBank Bowl to host tailgating partyWashington Business Journal - by Tierney Plumb Staff ReporterWith less than three weeks to go until the EagleBank Bowl’s second annual football game at RFK Stadium, organizers announced plans for a large tailgating party before the game.In partnership with the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Education Foundation, the event will be held...
December 11, 2009
Hot Topics | Long-awaited Restaurant in D.C.’s West End Finally OpensDec 8th, 2009Chef Ris Lacoste sits down with a cup of coffee in the bar area of her recently opened restaurant named, naturally, RIS. She looks happy, but a little tired, which is expected. Opening a new restaurant is hard work. “It’s not an easy thing to do,” she said. “It’s not for the faint of heart....
December 11, 2009
Tidbits | The 3-minute interview: Lynne BreauxBy: Alan SudermanExaminer Staff Writer December 11, 2009Lynne Breaux has been president of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington since October 2001Breaux has been president of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington since October 2001 and spent many holidays working in restaurants.Why's the holiday season so big for restaurants?It...
November 20, 2009
Tidbits | Thanksgiving    Adour at St. Regis Washington D.C. DinnerBastille DinnerBlue Duck Tavern Lunch and DinnerCafe Du Parc Lunch and DinnerChef Geoff's - New Mexico Avenue DinnerCommonWealth Gastro Pub Lunch and DinneriCi Urban Bistro Lunch and DinnerInox Restaurant Lunch and DinnerJuniper at the Fairmont Hotel Lunch and DinnerMaggiano's Little Italy Lunch and DinnerMiddleton Tavern...
November 12, 2009
Tidbits | Chain Leader, 11/3/2009PRESS RELEASE: (WASHINGTON, D.C.; November 2,  2009) -- The Palm West Hollywood (www.thepalm.com)  hosted celebrities, business leaders and politicians last week to celebrate and support a new nationwide partnership between The Palm Restaurant Group and the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). As part of the "Fill the Cup" campaign, The Palm will...
November 12, 2009
Tidbits | “Restaurant Week is such a great celebration of the tremendous restaurants in our region and we get so busy that week, we decided we should do something to celebrate our patrons this year. As thanks for choosing Harry’s, we provided our guests with the opportunity to do good while dining well. For every Restaurant Week menu sold, Harry’s contributed $5 to DC Central Kitchen,...
November 12, 2009
Tidbits | Catherine Barker - deardavelieberman.blogspot.com This is a blog about food, and any other thing that strikes my fancy. I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog that my father read Ernest Hemingway. What I haven’t mentioned is that a drawing of Hemingway’s house hangs in our kitchen on the wall behind my dad’s chair at the table. And that a copy of every one of Hemingway’s...
November 12, 2009
Hot Topics | By GreenerBuildings StaffWASHINGTON, DC — Green Seal's certification standard for restaurants and foodservice operations has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) , making the guidelines the first of their kind to be nationally recognized, Green Seal said today. The GS-46 Environmental Standard for Restaurants and Foodservices, released in May, is also the first...
November 12, 2009
Hot Topics | Important Info: Closing Hours & Sidewalk Café PermitsWhat are your closing hours? Are you in compliance?RAMW has learned that many members are not in compliance with theclosing hours listed on their DC ABC application. The ABC Board takesthe position that whatever time you list as your closing hour, you arerequired to have all patrons off the premises and all alcohol put awayby that...
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  RAMW Board Member Geoff Tracy testifies in front of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business about the impact of rising food prices on restaurants, and how Congress can help.Date: June 2008.PDF File RAMW Board Member Oren Molovinsky joins with Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) to introduce a bill that clarifies credit card interchange fees and provides retailers greater flexibility...
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  FormerRAMW Public Policy Advisor Patrick Horn testifies in front of theVirginia General Assembly's Committee on Local Government, outlining the problems for restaurants stemming from Arlington’s proposal to franchise waste hauling services. Date: Feb 2005.Issue Status: The problematic 2005 proposal was eventually vetoed by Governor Tim Kaine.PDF File  
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  RAMW President Lynne Breaux testifies at a public hearing to voice support for the Trash Compactor Incentive Act of 2008, which provides financial assistance to restaurants to purchase or lease trash compactors.Date: Nov 2008.  Issue Status: The 2008 Act was ultimately not passed by the DC City Council.PDF File  
October 15, 2009
Legislation |  RAMW President Lynne Breaux testifies on the various problems and possible solutions for DC’s taxi system after being nominated to the Taxicab Commission.Date: Oct 2006.  PDF File  RAMW President Lynne Breaux testifies in front of the DC Committee on Public Works and the Environment about the Taxicab and Limousine Reform Act, offering suggestions to change the taxi zone...

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