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You decide! Restaurants help track 2016 election

The National Restaurant Association launched #RestaurantsDecide, a social media campaign showcasing the role restaurants play as cornerstones of their communities, especially during presidential elections.

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Weekly Update: Shakeup in Gov. Inslee’s Cabinet – How will it affect this session?

On February 5, in a move that surprised Democrats and Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration, the Senate voted to reject the appointment of Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Black restaurateurs find opportunities for growth

It shouldn’t be surprising that there are so many restaurants owned by women and members of racial and ethnic minority groups. Ours is an industry with few barriers to entry, so it’s natural that people from diverse backgrounds gravitate toward operating restaurants.

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Weekly Update: Be sure to check your mailbox for latest issue of Washington Restaurant & Lodging Magazine

Check your mailboxes for the February 2016 issue of Washington Restaurant & Lodging Magazine. This great issue focuses on mega trends in food, menus and lodging. It is now in the mail and on its way to WRA members.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Website accessibility is a must

Restaurant operators rightly go to great lengths to stay compliant with federal, state and local rules in order to avoid government sanctions and lawsuits from customers. Increasingly, however, businesses are finding themselves in trouble for not providing accessibility to their websites for disabled users.

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Weekly Update: Thank you, WRA and WLA members, for making this year’s Hill Climb a stunning success

On January 25, more than 200 restaurant and hotel, owners and operators came to Olympia. This dedicated group arrived at the state capitol to act as a voice for the hospitality industry. Washington depends heavily on the hospitality sector as it pays more than $811 million in sales and B&O taxes alone.

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2016 Hill Climb was a success

On January 25, more than 200 restaurant and hotel, owners and operators came to Olympia. This dedicated group arrived at the state capitol to act as a voice for the

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Now is the time for disaster preparedness

The Northwest environment often seems calm and serene, but this is deceptive. There are plenty of disasters and other emergencies just waiting to happen. Smart restaurant operators will get prepared now before they find themselves in the midst of a critical situation.

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Hospitality: the Industry that serves. Hill Climb is Monday.

Olympia, WA – On January 25, restaurant owners and operators will descend in force on Olympia as a voice for the hospitality industry in the political sphere. The state depends heavily

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Washington Restaurant Weekly: WRA overhauls website, optimized as your primary source of information

WRA recently unveiled its new website, including improved search capabilities and mobile optimization. The goal for the updates is to make it easy for members to find what they are looking for as quickly as possible.

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How will tax changes provide more certainty for restaurants?

Congress and the President have finally agreed on something: A series of tax changes that give restaurateurs a lot more certainty as they make business decisions.

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Washington Restaurant Weekly: Legislature now in session for 2016

This week the 2016 legislative session began. This year’s session is a short session scheduled to last only 60 days instead of 105.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Are you ready for OSHA’s new recordkeeping posting rules?

Every restaurant operator knows it is essential to keep current on all U.S. Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules. What many restaurateurs may not know is that there will be a major change in OSHA’s posting rules starting on February 1.

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Dietary guidelines encourage healthful eating habits

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released today by the departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, promote what the agencies call “small, doable shifts” in daily eating habits to curb obesity and diet-related diseases.