Weekly Update: Happy Thanksgiving!

We at the Washington Restaurant Association are thankful every day for you, our loyal members. We wish you glad tidings and rich fellowship on this uniquely American holiday. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

More Americans choose restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner

More than 10 percent of Americans will give thanks over a restaurant meal this Thursday, up from 4.4 percent four decades ago, according to research from the National Restaurant Association. More than ever, our industry is becoming the center of people’s lives, communities and celebrations. Read more…

Seattle proposes new labor laws

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposed a comprehensive set of amendments to Seattle’s labor standards to remedy regarding wage theft and other violations. The WRA issued the following statement on these amendments: “The Seattle Restaurant Alliance has been engaged in the development of this legislation for months. We believe employers who are willfully violating these rules should be held accountable. However, the length of this proposed ordinance demonstrates the complexity of these issues. And it shows the importance of ensuring employers are educated about what is required of them. Directing additional resources from the city’s general fund on education is the best way to ensure that the focus is on educating employers of the necessary steps instead of penalizing employers trying to do the right thing for mistakes.”

Mark your calendars: Government Affairs Committee meeting, December 1

The last Regional GAC meeting of 2015 will be held on Tuesday, December 1. We will be going over our 2016 issues matrix, 2015 election summary and receiving needed input from you on your priorities going into session. The meeting will be held at the Elliot Bay Brewhouse & Pub (255 SW 152nd St, Burien) from 1:30–4 p.m. Please RSVP to the WRA’s Marian Ericks at MarianE@warestaurant.org.

Save the date – Hill Climb coming on January 25

Please plan to join us for Hill Climb and the Taste our Best on Jan. 25, 2016, for our annual day on the Hill. Your Government Affairs team will set up group meetings with each legislator. It’s the perfect way to ensure your legislator knows exactly what is going on in our industry. Later in the evening, the Taste Our Best legislative reception brings together restaurateurs, hoteliers and legislators for a night of the industry’s most superb food, finest beers and wines and hospitality at its best. This relaxed environment gives industry leaders a chance to socialize and visit with the state’s elected leaders. Register here. If you would like information on being a sponsor, would like to be a restaurant at Taste Our Best or just have questions please contact the WRA’s Marian Ericks at MarianE@warestaurant.org.

Special Thanksgiving edition on this week’s DineNW radio show – now online

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Co-hosts Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz join with their WRA colleagues Lex Nepomuceno, David Faro, Stephanie Davenport and Katie Sokolik for a wide-ranging discussion of Thanksgiving, food and fun.

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