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AVA Digital Awards: WRA website wins Gold!

The Washington Restaurant Association is pleased to be receive Gold recognition – the highest honor – from the AVA Digital Awards for its website. The award is based on evaluation by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). There were approximately 2,500 entries throughout the United States.

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Member input needed on minimum wage issue

The Washington State Legislature will undoubtedly debate the question of raising the state minimum wage in the upcoming, 2015 session.

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A big restaurant company with an even bigger heart for helping receives Restaurant Neighbor Award

Locally, both large and small restaurants serve their community. Perhaps it’s just a rare element of Northwest culture; but no establishments have deeper community roots than restaurants. Today, a giant in the industry is being recognized for the ways it gives back.

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Washington restaurant owner, Russell Brent, awarded by national association for his great community contributions

On June 26, WRA member Russell Brent, owner of the Mill Creek Pub in Battle Ground, accepted the Cornerstone Humanitarian award from the National Restaurant Association.

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Restaurant 2.0 is here: Understanding the importance of new technologies in the restaurant industry

Over the years, we’ve been conditioned to glamorize the “The Future.” For those of us who are already technologically inclined, that future stretches into a vast landscape where anything seems possible. For others of us who may be a little less comfortable with the tech sector’s latest offerings, it may seem hard to imagine how we could become an even more automated culture.

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WRA posthumously honors Michael Carr with Devere Jerry Burtenshaw Award

The Washington Restaurant Association has recognized the 40-plus-year restaurant industry career of Michael Carr, who passed away last fall. Michael’s wife, Lisa, and daughters Lauren and Shannon were on hand to accept the The Devere Jerry Burtenshaw Lifetime Achievement Award on his behalf.

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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.

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FAQ: Nondiscrimination Provisions and Recent Federal Announcements Regarding State-based Health Exchanges

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a non-discrimination provision that affects all employers providing health care coverage to their employees. The provision prohibits employers from restricting participation in their health plan based on an employee’s salary or wage, and from requiring lower wage employees to contribute more toward health care premiums than higher wage employees. Employers violating this provision will face a penalty of $100 per day per employee impacted by the violation. However, the rules implementing this requirement are still being drafted and no penalties will be issued until they are finalized.

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Weekly Update: State budget proposal includes two priority issues for WRA

The Senate this week unveiled its proposed budget. Interestingly, it was released in a bi-partisan fashion, with Democrats Jim Hargrove and Sharon Nelson joining Republican Chair Andy Hill and Linda Parlette.

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Spokane chapter celebrates 2013 award winners

The Spokane chapter’s 2013 Restaurant of the Year, Supplier of the Year and Employee of the Year annual awards were announced at the Awards Gala & Silent Auction earlier this week. The Lifetime Achievement and ProStart Mentor of the Year awards were announced as well.

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WRA’s Healthcare Reform Resource Guide is now online!

Where to Find Rules and Implementation Guidelines Pertaining to the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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Recognizing leaders across Washington

The WRA Industry Leadership Awards recognize Washington restaurant industry leaders for their contributions to communities, to the success of a restaurant(s) and for leadership in the industry.

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Buyer’s Guide listing updates

We are happy to announce that we are publishing our annual Buyer’s Guide June 2011. In order to ensure you are included in the Buyer’s Guide you must choose your category listings by April 18, 2011.

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Buyer's Guide listing updates

We are happy to announce that we are publishing our annual Buyer’s Guide June 2011. In order to ensure you are included in the Buyer’s Guide you must choose your category listings by April 18, 2011.

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Seattle Restaurant Alliance members recognized by Seattle Police Department

Members of the Seattle Restaurant Alliance, formerly the WRA Seattle Chapter, gathered at Seattle Police headquarters March 2, 2011, and were recognized for their support of Seattle’s five precincts.