105-Day Regular Legislative Session Set to End April 23
The regular legislative session will end April 23, but it is commonly accepted that there will at least be one special session as there is no workable budget yet. Special sessions can last up to 30 days. Negotiations on the budget will likely be the main focus of a special session. But, in special session, the whole process starts over, and technically, all bills (even those previously considered dead) are once again alive until the 30 days ends. It unlikely the Legislature will take up bills that previously were dead unless it is part of a final agreement on the budget. In addition, legislators can introduce new bills for the upcoming session. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.
Bill to Allow Credit Card Processing for Liquor Purchases Passes Legislature
SB 5665, which would allow operators the use of credit cards when purchasing alcohol, has passed both houses and now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk to be signed. This bill gives our members an additional option for paying for spirits and is a helpful convenience. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.
Seattle Soda Tax May Include Diet Soda
Our team recently learned from the Seattle Mayor’s Office that diet soda may be included in the proposed soda tax, and the cost may be 1.75 cents per ounce instead of 2 cents per ounce. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has proposed new investments to eliminate racial disparities in educational opportunity. To fund these investments, he is proposing a 1.75-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, expected to raise nearly $16 million per year. Nothing is set in stone. We may see the proposed legislation in the next two to three weeks. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.
Ivar’s Fish Bar Named a Top 10 Best Airport Grab-And-Go Dining Spot by USA Today
Ivar’s Fish Bar at SeaTac airport was recently named a Top 10 Best Airport Grab-And-Go Dining option by USA Today’s 10Best list, and was ranked by the Huffington Post among 14 Restaurants That are Worth a Layover. Rounding out the accolades, the popular airport location also recently won SeaTac’s Green Gateway Environmental Excellence Award. Congratulations, Ivar’s!
Northwest Foodservice Show – Free Registration Ends April 22
The Northwest Foodservice Show is almost here! There are lots of exciting elements to this year’s show including educational seminars, the tasting pavilion and Cooking Stage. There is still time to get your free registration for the Northwest’s largest foodservice event. Registration for the event is free up until April 22nd! The show will be held at the Oregon Convention Center, in Portland, April 23-24.
King County Hiring Event, May 5 – Don’t Miss It!
May 5 will be a big day for hospitality employers and job-seekers in King County. The King County Hiring Event will take place at the Motif, in Seattle, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The purpose of the day is to connect King County citizens with opportunities, and employers with ready-to-work candidates. We still are gathering information from our employers, but preliminary counts show approximately 100 people received job offers at our recent Tacoma Hiring Event. Employers and HR teams looking to fill positions with prequalified candidates in King County should contact Roxanne Lomeli.
Spokane Hospitality Summit, May 22
Register today for the first-ever Washington Hospitality Summit presented by Food Services of America. Get ready to get engaged with an information packed afternoon filled with a keynote speaker, breakout sessions and a one-stop-shop trade show for all your business’ needs.
Attendee cost is $30. Tickets can be purchased at hospitalitysummit.org/attendee_registration.
The event will be held at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Spokane City Center, 322 North Spokane Falls Court, Spokane, May 22, 12:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Spokane Chapter Golf Tournament, June 6
You won’t want to miss the Spokane Chapter Golf Tournament on June 6, at Wandermere Golf Course. Afternoon Shotgun starts 1 p.m. Registration opens at 11 a.m. Registration is $95 per person until May 7. After May 7, the price goes up to $105 per person. Register here for players and sponsorships. Questions? Contact Robyn@RedLetterEventPlanning.com or 208.244.0601.
Tacoma Hospitality Summit, June 12
Mark your calendars for the Tacoma Hospitality Summit, June 12, 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m., at the Hotel Murano. For more information, visit http://www.hospitalitysummit.org/tacoma.
Two Minute Video: News You Need to Know
Don’t miss this great video recap of the week’s hospitality news, including Gov. Jay Inslee’s proclamation of May as Hospitality Month, state budget negotiations, the 105-day legislative session nearing its end on April 23, Walla Walla’s short term rental legislation and business groups speaking out against Seattle’s proposed soda tax.
Service Charges and La Toscanella on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!
Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. We kick off the show with an informative discussion on service charges with Michael Hirschler, human resources director at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle; Eric Tanaka, of Seattle’s Tom Douglas Restaurants; and Marney Zellers, of Preston Sullivan. Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz then interview Teresa Elizabeth, owner of Seattle’s La Toscanella.
Eye on Hospitality: Focus on Service Charge
The Washington Hospitality Association’s recent Hospitality Summit, in Seattle, brought together some of the state’s top movers and shakers in the hospitality industry for some great panel discussions. Among these discussions was one on service charges as a possible replacement for tipping. Read more…
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- How Extended Stay Hotels Are Pivoting Towards a New Generation of Travelers (Skift)
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- Subway debuts Facebook Messenger ordering (Nation’s Restaurant News)
- More restaurants byte into technology (National Restaurant Association)
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- Hotels Allocate More Budget for Digital Marketing and Social (eMarketer)
- Q1 restaurant sales performance disappoints despite March improvements (Nation’s Restaurant News)
- Inside the Hotel Industry’s Plan to Combat Airbnb (New York Times)