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Election results bode well on tax and fiscal issues

Although more than 500,000 ballots remain to be counted, Washington voters sent a very clear message repealing new taxes, rejecting an income tax, and reinstating the supermajority requirements for passing new or increased taxes.

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WRA Restaurant Industry Tracking Results – September 2010

Washington restaurant operators reported softer same-store sales results in September, as compared to the national average. Thirty-five percent of Washington respondents reported higher same-store sales in September, while 35 percent

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WRA launches news oriented site for members

The Washington Restaurant Association team is known nationwide for its innovative approach to non-profit services. That includes their website.

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Alcohol server training going online

In  2010 legislation changed that allowed the state’s mandatory alcohol server training to be offered online. Prior to this legislative change training was limited to instructor led classes. Many viewed

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I-1100 outcome

The outcome of liquor privatization (I-1100) is still in doubt.  Significantly, voters overwhelmingly rejected I-1105 by a 63%.  I-1100, however, is currently 56,000 votes behind, with more than 500,000 votes

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Final countdown: Election brings critical decisions

Are you tired of the political ads yet? They’re everywhere. You can’t turn on the TV or radio, open a newspaper or go online without being overwhelmed by this election

Operations & Cost Control

How to work effectively with local regulatory officials

Two seemingly universal characteristics among independent restaurant operators are the desire for independence and the need to think and make decisions for themselves. Otherwise, you would still be working for

Operations & Cost Control

10 common practices of highly successful independent restaurants

While working with literally hundreds of independent restaurants over the past 25-plus years, one of the most profound things I’ve learned is that there are very few absolutes in this

Marketing & Sales

7 sales-busting mistakes many independent operators make

How many times have you heard a restaurateur say, “Boy, sales are really slow,” “There’s way too much competition,” or “I’m really working hard to build my sales with a

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WRA Restaurant Industry Tracking Results – August 2010

Washington restaurant operators reported softer same-store sales results in August, as compared to the national average. Twenty-eight percent of Washington respondents reported higher same-store sales in August, while 55 percent

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WRA Restaurant Industry Tracking Results – July 2010

Washington restaurant operators reported softer same-store sales and traffic results in July, as compared to the national average. Twenty-five percent of Washington respondents reported higher same-store sales in July, while

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WRA Restaurant Industry Tracking Results – June 2010

Washington restaurant operators reported softer same-store sales and traffic results in June, as compared to the national average. Twenty-six percent of Washington respondents reported higher same-store sales in June, while

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WRA Restaurant Industry Tracking Results – May 2010

Washington restaurant operators reported stronger same-store sales and traffic results in May, as compared to the national average. Forty-four percent of Washington respondents reported higher same-store sales in May, while

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WRA Restaurant Industry Tracking Results – April 2010

Washington restaurant operators reported same-store sales results similar to the national average in April. Thirty-seven percent of Washington respondents reported higher same-store sales in April, while 48 percent reported a

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WRA Restaurant Industry Tracking Results – March 2010

Washington restaurant operators reported softer same-store sales and traffic results in March, as compared to the national average. Thirty-six percent of Washington respondents reported higher same-store sales in March, while