Weekly Update: WRA supports minimum wage increases done the right way

Weekly Update: WRA supports minimum wage increases done the right way

As a member driven organization, your WRA Board has decided go in a new direction. In response, the WRA has issued a press release stating its new position, which you can read in full here. We want a positive solution that increases minimum compensation on a statewide basis, providing local restaurants with predictability when calculating their costs. What we currently have is a confusing, piecemeal situation where minimum wages vary on a city-by-city basis. We held a series of webinars and invited all members to participate before making this decision.

General election results: hospitality industry wins

After an exciting election cycle consisting of several important issues and races throughout the state, the results are in! While there are mail-in ballots that will still be counted, it is unlikely that any of these results will change as they are tallied. The Washington Restaurant and Lodging Associations are very pleased with the majority of the outcomes. This election cycle has strengthened the hospitality industry. Among the biggest wins for the hospitality industry were the passage of the phased in $12 minimum wage, in Tacoma; the defeat of a measure that would have crippled Spokane’s economy; the election of WRA-endorsed Teri Hickel to fill a 30th Legislative District House of Representatives seat; and the election of several Seattle City Council candidates supported by the Seattle Restaurant Alliance. For me details on these races plus much more, see this week’s special election edition of Hot Off the Grill.

Mark your calendars: Government Affairs Committee meeting, December 1

Please join your fellow restaurant and lodging colleagues for our last Government Affairs Committee (GAC) before the 2016 Legislative Session! We will be going over our 2016 issues matrix, 2015 election summary and receiving needed input from you on your priorities going into session! The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 1:30 – 4 p.m., at the Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub (255 SW 152nd St, Burien). Additional information will be sent out closer to the meeting. RSVP to the WRA’s Marian Ericks at MarianE@warestaurant.org . And remember, we are recruiting for our Government Affairs Committee. This committee is open to all WRA and WLA members, and welcomes participation from anyone willing to engage in government affairs! We need you to provide us valuable input when immediate policy decisions are needed to be made, or calls of action are needed to reach our elected officials. If you would like to join the GAC or have additional questions, please email Marian Ericks.

Get the recognition you deserve! Faces of Diversity, Restaurant Neighbor and Ambassador of Hospitality awards, deadline: November 13

Time is running out. This is your last opportunity to apply for the National Restaurant Association’s industry awards. The deadline is Friday, November 13. You can either nominate yourself or someone else for these awards. Restaurants do great things and are full of great people. Don’t miss this opportunity to receive the recognition you deserve. The Faces of Diversity American Dream Award honors those who have achieved success through perseverance and determination. Each year the NRAEF, in partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice, recognizes three individuals who embody the American Dream. Founded in partnership with American Express, the Restaurant Neighbor Award celebrates and highlights the outstanding charitable service performed by restaurant operators. The Ambassador of Hospitality Award is the premiere award bestowed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to an individual who has exemplified extraordinary achievement and leadership in the restaurant and hospitality industry. For more information or to apply, contact the WRA’s Paul Schlienz.

Ribticklers’ BBQ and Anton’s Café at Watson’s on this week’s DineNW – now online

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Co-hosts Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz kick off the show by interviewing Dennis Ofsthun, owner of Ribticklers’ BBQ, in Gig Harbor. Andy and Paul then chat with Jim Anton, owner of Anton’s Cafe at Watson’s, in Puyallup.

Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Millennials take loving food to a whole new level

All generations love food, but nothing in recent memory can quite compare with Millennials’ obsession with all things edible. Indeed, the generation born between 1980 and 2000 is re-shaping the future of restaurants, grocery stores and agriculture. If you are in the foodservice industry and you are not familiar with the Millennials, it’s time you get to know them. They hold the key to your future. Read more…