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Nominate the People (In Your Neighborhood!)

It’s that time of the year again, and we are looking for nominees for the National Restaurant Association’s awards. These awards are: Restaurant Neighbor Award  – The Restaurant Neighbor Award

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The Section 179 Deduction (Gear!)

SECTION 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. This program does

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After Vegas, should hotels have metal detectors?

There was a time when checked luggage wasn’t scanned at airports, you could bring a Swiss army knife on board an airplane, and your friends and family could accompany you to your departure gate. Then the terrorist attacks of 9/11 occurred, and security at airports forever changed. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

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Papa John’s sales sacked by NFL ratings plunge

NFL ratings are down this season. That’s bad news for the league’s sponsors — including Papa John’s International Inc. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Chipotle shares continue their downward spiral

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.’s stock fell by more than 14 percent Wednesday, a day after reporting that its recovery from steep sales declines in 2016 had largely come to a halt. The burrito chain’s shares plummeted to a new 52-week low, hitting $273.79 at one point in the day before closing at $277.01, and revisited levels the stock hasn’t seen in five years. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Eatsa closes all but 2 locations

The robot takeover of the restaurant industry has been delayed. Eatsa, the automated chain that emerged in 2015 and quickly expanded last year, has closed all but two of its seven locations, both in its home market of San Francisco. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Tipping May Be the Norm, but Not for Hotel Housekeepers

The hotel association publishes a gratuity guide on its website that offers suggestions for tipping everyone from valet attendants to bellhops. But fewer than a third of hotel guests leave any money for the housekeepers. (New York Times)

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Restaurants, American consumers embrace halal cuisine

When Shahed Amanullah created a restaurant guide for halal restaurants in 1998, he could only find around 200 eateries to list on Since then, halal has risen in popularity, and now the site contains a listing of more than 7,000 locations, with the halal-certified food and beverage market topping $415 billion globally in 2015. (NPR)

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Pizza chains forge a digital path to millennial diners

Millennials are often considered the most influential generation of consumers. Their preferences have brought about change in almost every industry, including food. (SmartBrief)

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Dinners blending foodservice purchases, home cooking gain traction

In the 1980s and ’90s, when Americans were struggling to get dinner on the table after work and shuttling kids between activities, microwaves, frozen dinners and fast-food restaurants were mainstays. Unlike recent generations, consumers today are shifting toward eating more dinners at home, including those purchased at restaurants, according to The NPD Group’s 32nd annual Eating Patterns in America report. (Restaurant Hospitality)

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Two Minute Video: What you need to know 10/30/17

2017 Lodging Convention a Big Success; Star of the Industry Awards presented; Dept. Health proposes fee increases for transient accommodations; Walla Walla City Council working on short term rental regulations.


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Weekly Update: Hoteliers from Around the State Gathered at Successful Lodging Convention

Washington’ Lodging Convention has a long tradition, and this week hoteliers gathered once again at the Convention to renew relationships, learn from industry experts and shop at the state’s premier lodging trade show. The Convention was held at Tulalip Resort Casino, and owners, operators and future leaders addressed topics including evolving guest expectations, distribution, HR challenges and cybersecurity.

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Getting Creative: Retaining and Growing Great Employees in a Tight Labor Market

Employers are facing a challenging environment with a tight labor market where job seekers may just have the upper hand.

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2017 Lodging Awards recognize employees who make a difference for guests and communities

In keeping with the annual tradition of honoring the hard work and great service provided by employees in Washington lodging, the Hospitality Association celebrated the Stars of Washington Lodging Awards winners on Oct. 23, 2017 during the Washington Lodging Convention at Tulalip Resort Casino.