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Use the five R’s to increase menu profitability

Posted On: August 31, 2015

This time of year we evaluate our menu for changes. In the past, we’ve done this on emotion rather than data. Where should we start our analysis?

NLRB’s Actions Upend the Joint-Employer Standard

Posted On: August 28, 2015

The National Restaurant Association issued the following statement regarding the National Labor Relations Board’s ruling in the Browning-Ferris Industries case. The 3-2 party-line decision – in which the Board ruled that a staffing agency can be considered a joint employer – has broad implications across several industries, including restaurants.

President’s Column: A place at the table

Posted On: August 28, 2015

These are exciting times for restaurants in Washington. Nearly 40 percent of restaurant units now have an ethnic theme, and I fully expect that percentage to continue to grow.

Weekly Update: WRA urges Liquor Control Board to delay pricing regulations

Posted On: August 27, 2015

Yesterday, at a Liquor Control Board (LCB) hearing, the WRA provided comment, urging the board to delay the effective date of its new rules prohibiting preferential pricing, planned to go in effect on September 9.

Washington Restaurant Market Watch: What you need to know about Salmonella

Posted On: August 26, 2015

Since May, more than 134 Salmonella cases have been identified in 10 Washington counties.

National Food Safety Month Highlights Restaurant Industry Best Practices

Posted On: August 25, 2015

To spotlight the restaurant industry’s ongoing commitment to food safety, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) today announced this year’s National Food Safety Month (NFSM) theme will be “Let it Flow,” focusing on the flow of food through a restaurant.

A Korean family realizes the American Dream through restaurant ownership

Posted On: August 24, 2015

The story behind Sushi Joa began years earlier when owner Greg Kim’s father faced a universal rite of passage for young Korean men by being drafted into his country’s army.

How a new ‘joint-employer’ standard could hurt franchising

Posted On: August 21, 2015

Recent moves by the National Labor Relations Board are threatening franchise independence, and that has franchise owners like Tom Saia worried.

Weekly Update: WLA board unanimously approves joint operating agreement with the WRA

Posted On: August 20, 2015

Late last week, the Washington Lodging Association board unanimously and enthusiastically authorized its Executive Committee to sign the Master Services Agreement and Joint Operating Agreement with the Washington Restaurant Association.