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Breaking News: Judge overturns LCB’s 24-liter rules

The WRA is pleased to announce that on Monday, April 29, 2013, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Erik Price issued a decision overturning the Liquor Control Board’s rules limiting sales

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Deadline for new I9 forms approaches

The grace period for incorporating the newly revised I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification forms into the hiring process is about to end.

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Hot Off the Grill: Legislature to work all weekend – then on to special session

Both the Senate and House plan to work this weekend on bills to implement their respective budgets; however, there is no semblance of agreement between the bodies, or the governor,

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Industry Operations Survey now LIVE! See how your operation compares to your peers’

Your feedback is essential for one of the most in-depth surveys the in the restaurant industry. The National Restaurant Association has launched its Restaurant Industry Operations Survey, polling operators for

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Healthcare Reform FAQ: Non-Traditional Employees

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has specific implications for employers and their full-time employees. However, given the variety of employment scenarios that may be utilized by any given business, the law also has specific implications for other employment situations.

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Restaurant industry continues push for permanent 15-year tax depreciation schedule for restaurants

Last week, legislation (S. 749) was introduced in the US Senate to make permanent a 15-year tax depreciation schedule for restaurant improvements and new construction, leasehold improvements and retail improvements.

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Restaurateurs ramp up sustainability efforts

For many restaurateurs, practicing sustainability is becoming a center-of-the-plate issue.

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The Benefits of an Employee Assistance Program

WRA – Employee Assistance Program page  by Chris Joseph, Demand Media An EAP can provide numerous benefits for you and your employees. People seldom get through life without having to

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Hot Off the Grill: Toughening DUI Penalties? Maybe…..Maybe Not

On Tuesday, Governor Inslee and a bi-partisan group of House and Senate members unveiled a lengthy, complicated set of bills to increase penalties for driving under the influence of either alcohol or marijuana. The effort is in reaction to the two recent, horrible, fatality accidents in Seattle that took the lives of innocent citizens. Both accidents involved repeat DUI offender’s at the wheel of automobiles.

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Weekly Update: Washington restaurateurs win Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity Awards for 2013

WRA Members El Gaucho Hospitality and Monique Trudnowski of Adriatic Grill took top honors respectively for the national 2013 Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity Awards. The awards were presented at the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 17.

Marketing & Sales

Have you considered an “app” for your business?

by David Faro, Communications Manager A mobile application, most commonly referred to as a mobile “app”, is an application that is developed specifically for handheld devices such as smart phones

News releases

El Gaucho Hospitality receives national Restaurant Neighbor Award, gifts prize money to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission

The WRA is proud to congratulate El Gaucho Hospitality for receiving the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) 2013 Restaurant Neighbor Award. The iconic Puget Sound restaurant was honored in Washington D.C. today during the NRA’s Public Affairs Conference in Washington D.C., where El Gaucho Hospitality owner Paul Mackay accepted the award.

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Monique Trudnowski of Adriatic Grill wins national Faces of Diversity American Dream Award

The Washington Restaurant Association is excited to congratulate Monique Trudnowski, owner of Tacoma’s Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine & Wine Bar, for winning the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) Faces of Diversity American Dream Award. Trudnowski received her honor Wednesday at the NRA’s Public Affairs Conference in Washington D.C.

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FAQ: The “Affordability” Penalty for Large Employers

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all employers with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees to either provide health care coverage or pay an IRS penalty. The law further requires that the cost of the coverage provided must be affordable for the employee.

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How to Cut Someone Off and Avoid Losing Your Guest

by David Faro, Communications Manager One of the most delicate situations that a restaurant manager is forced to navigate is when a guest has consumed too much alcohol.  Once the