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WRA endorsed candidates for 2014-15

Each year the WRA Government Affairs Committee endorses candidates that support restaurants and will work to keep a thriving business sector in our state.

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Starting out in foodservice? Read these 4 tips for success

Conrad said the restaurant industry is a great place to achieve career goals and make dreams come true.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Restaurants support Travel Promotion, Enhancement and Modernization Act

Congress may not agree on much, but it seems to agree that promoting the U.S.’s status as a major tourist destination is important enough to put aside partisan differences.

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Travel and tourism bill moves to Senate

Congress could be headed toward a rare moment of agreement. And it’s on an issue that has a profound impact on restaurants: travel and tourism.

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Washington Restaurant Weekly: Ballots dropped last week!

Voters in Washington should have received their primary ballots last week – if you haven’t received your ballot, contact your local auditor’s office. The WRA will release its full list of endorsed candidates next week.

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Hot Off the Grill: Liquor Control Board delayed again – WRA continues the fight

On July 16, the Liquor Control Board (LCB) delayed its vote on new proposed rules to restrict pricing practices – again. This is the third time that the LCB has rescheduled its vote. The WRA continues to defend restaurants’ right to negotiate, and our hard work is paying off.

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Fires in Central Washington challenge business-as-usual for area restaurants

Washington state is the number one priority for fire control in the country right now. With huge fires in the north central part of the state and hot dry weather in the foreseeable forecast, the battle is hardly far from over.

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WSLCB compliance checks: Fact and Fiction

The subject of compliance checks draws many questions for our enforcement officers, and there are many misperceptions of the laws, rules and procedures associated with them.

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Washington Restaurant Weekly: Liquor Control Board delays again

On Wednesday, July 16, the Liquor Control Board (LCB) delayed its vote on new proposed rules to restrict pricing practices – again. This is the third time that the LCB has rescheduled its vote. The WRA continues to defend restaurants’ right to negotiate, and our hard work is paying off.

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Qualifying for the November Ballot will Be A Challenge

About two weeks ago the group Forward Seattle delivered signatures to the Seattle City Clerk in order to get a referendum on the ballot that would allow voters to weigh-in on the $15 minimum wage.

Government Affairs

Liquor Control Board delays again

On Wednesday, the Liquor Control Board (LCB) delayed its vote on new proposed rules to restrict pricing practices – again. This is the third time that the LCB has rescheduled its vote. The WRA continues to defend restaurants’ right to negotiate, and our hard work is paying off.

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Azteca Celebrates 40 Years!

This is our new Member Spotlight published in the August 2014 Washington Restaurant Magazine!

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Restaurant sales dip slightly in June after record high

Preliminary figures from the U.S. Census released today show that restaurant sales volume slowed slightly in June after hitting a record-high in May. Eating and drinking place sales totaled $46.8 billion on a seasonally-adjusted basis in June, down from May’s $47 billion, but up more than $100 million from the previous sales volume peak in March.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Average U.S. tip is 18 percent, but great regional and age differences found in study

When Joe and Jane Average American go out for dinner, they will likely tip 18 percent for good service. If servers are outside the Northeast or dealing with younger customers, however, they can expect lower than average tips.

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To control food costs, start at the cook line

The cook line is, perhaps, the most volatile area for controlling food cost. Whereas theft can occur anywhere, and vendor prices and proper preparation practices certainly can have an equally