Washington Restaurant Weekly: Washington restaurants easing into economic recovery

Washington Restaurant Weekly: Washington restaurants easing into economic recovery

The latest Washington Restaurant Industry Tracking Survey (WRITS) was released today, revealing a mix of numbers and expectations, all indicating that the state’s restaurants are emerging from the doldrums of the post-2008 economic fallout. Despite these indicators of recovery, the Washington Restaurant Association is anxious to see the industry return to its pre-recession level of confidence moving forward. According to survey respondents, customer counts were up slightly over the summer, with 39 percent reporting higher counts and 36 percent reporting lower counts. Additionally, restaurateurs are hopeful for a strong year-end to 2012, with 53 percent of them expecting sales to increase over the next six months, versus only 17 percent expecting sales to dip through the end of the year. Read on.

Sales figures suggest liquor privatization is working

Earlier this week, Washington State Wire ran an article explaining the details surrounding the rollout of 1183, the recent uptick in liquor sales and the continuing dispute with the Liquor Control Board over purchasing limits. WRA Government Affairs Director Bruce Beckett provides perspective throughout. If you’re interested in a broad view of liquor privatization, three months in, this article provides a great update. Read on.

Food Safety Month: Handwashing keeps cross-contamination at bay

Week two of the National Restaurant Association’s 2012 National Food Safety Month(NFSM) campaign emphasizes the importance of handwashing as a key prevention practice. Washing hands prevents the spread of pathogens. Food handlers must wash their hands correctly and often to avoid hands from becoming a vehicle for cross-contamination. Correct technique involves water as hot as you can comfortably stand, soap and scrubbing; the process should take about 20 seconds. Read on.

Foodportunity is back!

October 22 at 6:00 pm, Keren Brown, Palace Ballroom and the Washington Beef Commission bring you the largest collection of food bloggers, chefs, journalists, radio show hosts and foodies in one room! Meet the people who write, speak and blog about your restaurant. Get a chance to mingle, talk about your restaurant, and make connections with the people that can help get customers to your location. Tickets are only $25, and they sell out fast, so visit www.foodportunity.com and get your tickets today! Get inspired. Get involved. Get connected.

Wanna win a Mustang AND help the Education Foundation?

Of course you do! In effort to sustain the efforts of the WRA Education Foundation, we’re raffling off a gorgeous 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 Cobra Coupe. Here’s what you need to know about it:

* Only 110 miles
* V8
* Supercharged
* Manual, 6-speed w/overdrive

Tickets are $75 each and only 3,000 tickets will be sold. That is a one in 3,000 chance of winning. You can’t beat those odds! For more
information and to learn where you can see the car in person, go here.