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Washington Restaruant Weekly: WRA helps launch Seattle’s Restaurant Success initiative

The WRA was excited today to help launch an ongoing public-private partnership called Restaurant Success that will support local restaurants.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Date: October 30, 2014 Stephanie Davenport, Washington Restaurant Association, 360-956-7279   SEATTLE, WA – Governor Jay Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Mayor Ed Murray joined

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Major restaurant chains on board as Apple Pay launches

Apple Pay, the proprietary mobile payment system of Apple, Inc., launched last week with some big name restaurants already on board. The vast majority of McDonald’s, Panera Bread and Subway units are among 220,000 locations accepting this new payment system.

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New insurance plans to be a big help for restaurant and hotel employers in Washington state during healthcare reform The Hospitality Industry Health Insurance Trust (H.I.H.I.T), who specializes in providing


High Turnover = Higher Taxes

Numerous studies are available that attempt to quantify the high costs of turnover. Almost all of these resources use some variation of the formula “turnover costs= costs of hiring new

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What you need to know about service animals

Train your employees to understand the needs of guests with service animals. The Americans with Disabilities Act says businesses must admit service animals anywhere their owners go.

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President’s Column: Unions and restaurants – How we got here

The scene in front of us is straight out of an old western – two of the most well-known gunslingers standing around on either end of town; a silence settles over the buildings as each awaits the other to make the first move; the innocent townspeople stare out the dirty windows, hoping they don’t become victims of the pending crossfire while the town leaders are pacing, worried how bad the aftermath might be.

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Washington Restaurant Weekly: City of Seattle partners with the WRA to rollout Restaurant Success website

City of Seattle partners with the WRA to rollout Restaurant Success website The WRA is proud to be vital part of the new Restaurant Success initiative, an ongoing partnership to

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Ready or not, there’s a mobile payment system in your future

The secure mobile payment train has left the station, and it’s clear that restaurants are going to have to get on board.

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7 tips for working with health inspectors

Restaurant operators and health inspectors aren’t adversaries. Think of a food inspector as a partner as you work together to achieve shared goals of preventing food-borne illness and protecting guests’ health.

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Restaurants are benefiting from falling gas prices

Gas prices continue to trend steadily lower, and the restaurant industry appears to be among the sectors reaping the benefits. According to preliminary figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, eating and drinking place sales totaled $48.1 billion on a seasonally-adjusted basis in September, up 0.6 percent from August and the strongest monthly volume on record.

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Industry responds to payment security executive order

The restaurant industry today responded to the President’s Executive Order outlining payment security measures.

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Washington Restaurant Weekly: Members provide great feedback at regional meetings

From October 6-16, the WRA held several regional meetings around the state. These meetings were a great way for us to discuss plans and key issues impacting hospitality sector businesses.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: State’s restaurants gain 11,400 jobs since 2013

Between July 2013 and August 2014, Washington’s foodservices saw an increase of 11,400. This is an increase 5.4 percent.


Send us your “Selfie” – “I Work in a Local Restaurant”

Would you like to have your restaurant featured in a member profile in the Washington Restaurant Magazine and website? What if we added in a 15 minute radio interview about