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The Time Has Come! Let’s End the State’s 80-Year-Old Liquor Monopoly

You’ll being hearing more and more from the WRA about liquor privatization in the coming months, particularly in the September issue of The Front Burner. Initiative 1100 is poised to

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Northwest Foodservice Show

With hundreds of industry related companies represented under one roof, the Northwest Foodservice Show is THE place for industry professionals to see and be seen. Read more.

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Toasting the Finest

The WRA honors its best and brightest members at the annual ceremony celebrating the achievements of Washington’s restaurant industry. Read more.

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Free Seminars with Savvy Business Experts? Yes, Please

As part of our mission to help you succeed, the WRA likes to make sure you’re in the loop when it comes to training opportunities–especially free ones. The Washington Small

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WRA Member Meets With President Obama

WRA member and Seattle Chapter supporter, Joe Fugere, was one of three business owners that met with President Obama in Seattle yesterday. Fugere, owner and and founder of Tutta Bella

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Don’t Let Your Employees Rob Your Success

Theft is an unfortunate aspect of running a restaurant. Not only can it rob you of your profits and products, it can rob you of your trust in people. In

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2010 Restaurant Neighbor Award Winners Spotlight Industry’s Generosity

Ah, our 2010 Restaurant Neighbor Award winners are quite the group of overachieving philanthropists! One of them raised thousands of dollars in toys and cash to ensure the kind of

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NRA’s Dawn Sweeney Honored as Top CEO

We’ve known all along what a great leader the National Restaurant Association has in CEO Dawn Sweeney. We’re thrilled with the announcement by CEO Update magazine that Sweeney was named

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Three Cheers for Ethan Stowell!

Anyone who has dined at Seattle’s Union, Tavolata, How to Cook a Wolf or Anchovies & Olives already knows that restaurateur, chef and WRA member Ethan Stowell is a shining

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WRA Members Speak Out on Liquor Privatization

Washington restaurant owners aren’t really ones to bite their tongues when it comes to issues that affect their businesses. So, it was no surprise really when industry heavyweights Tom Douglas

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Getting it Right: Update on the July Front Burner Magazine

On any other month, you’d be receiving your monthly copy of The Front Burner magazine right around this time. This month is a little different. We’ve spent the last several

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Scammers Posing As Restaurant Inspectors?

Several news outlets have reported on the scam circulating in the restaurant community. Be aware so you can protect your business. by CHRIS DANIELS / KING 5 News TACOMA, Wash.

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Modernize Washington

Modernize Washington, an advocacy group for the privatization of liquor sales in Washington state, announced today that more than 380,000 signed petitions have been collected in support of Initiative 1100.

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WRA’s 2010 Legislative Heroes Stick Up for Your Business

It’s that time of year again–the time when the WRA recognizes lawmakers from the previous legislative session who truly stood up for your best interests as a restaurateur. We couldn’t

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National Restaurant Job Forecast Shows Improvement

The National Restaurant Association projected this week that nationally we will see an increase of 428,000 restaurant jobs this summer. That is good news. In Washington state we have seen