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I-124 Legal Challenge Decision Delayed

The judge did not issue any decision March 31 at the summary judgment hearing in King County Superior Court for the legal challenge of Seattle’s Initiative 124. Judge John Erlick

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An Art Deco Gem, Seattle’s Hotel Deca Joins Benchmark’s

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas — Seattle’s iconic Art Deco gem, the Hotel Deca, is the newest member of the Gemstone Collection, a dynamically expanding portfolio that is part ofBENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company. The historic 158-guestroom property, featuring three Penthouse Suites, is situated in Seattle’s spirited University District, close to the campus of the University of Washington and just minutes from the attractions of downtown Seattle. (Hospitality Net)

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A Plant-Based Future for Foodservice

We’ve reached an era when meatless eating is no longer limited to Mondays. When a charred whole cauliflower can turn as many heads in a dining room as a sizzling, bone-in rib eye. (QSR)

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For many immigrants, restaurants are the American dream

Many immigrants find the American dream in the same place you purchase your lunch. The restaurant industry has long been a haven for foreign-born workers, who often find work scrubbing floors and flipping burgers inside one of the country’s more than 1 million restaurants. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Domino’s Will Begin Using Robots to Deliver Pizzas in Europe by Jeremy Kahn

Starship Technologies, the London-based company that has created six-wheeled self-driving delivery robots, will begin taking customers Domino’s pizzas in Germany and the Netherlands. Starship, launched in July 2014 by two former Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, will whisk pizzas to customers’ doors if they live within a one-mile radius of certain Dominos pizza shops in “select German and Dutch cities,” the company said in a statement. (Bloomberg)

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Weekly Update: Seattle Mayor Murray Will Speak at Washington Hospitality Summit

Seattle Mayor Murray Will Speak at Washington Hospitality Summit, April 4 Don’t miss next week’s Washington Hospitality Summit. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will be giving an opening address prior to

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Airbnb CEO speaks on disrupting hotel industry

In an extensive interview with Fortune, Airbnb founder and CEO Brian Chesky recently discussed the company’s competition with traditional hotels, and its future expansion and IPO plans. Chesky said Airbnb’s competition with traditional hotels is overstated, as it serves a different segment of travelers. (Business Insider)

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McDonald’s will serve fresh beef in 2018

McDonald’s Corp., in one of its biggest shifts in cooking procedures in years, said on Thursday that it would serve fresh beef Quarter Pounders, cooked to order, nationwide by mid-2018. The move is designed to improve the chain’s quality, and its perception of quality, amid heavy competition in the domestic restaurant business — particularly from other quick-service restaurants and a growing number of fast-casual, “better burger” restaurants. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Restaurant sales are slowing, and grocers are to blame

Restaurant sales are slowing, and low grocery prices are to blame. We’ve been saying this for some time, of course. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Robots bringing meals to DC

WASHINGTON (AP) – Some hungry customers in the nation’s capital may be surprised to discover a robot is delivering their pastrami on rye. The delivery service Postmates is using knee-high, six-wheeled robots to bring food to customers. (Long Room)

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Check Your Oysters: Norovirus Outbreak

The Seattle and King County Health Department reported March 28 that raw oysters may be the source of a norovirus outbreak in King County. About 39 people have displayed symptoms

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Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking

We’re thrilled to announce that Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST) and the Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation (WHAEF) have formed a new partnership to continue to raise awareness of