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WRA in the Media

In the last seven days, the WRA has been the media a lot. You may have seen our CEO Anthony Anton, quoted several times in many different publications. It has been an eye-opening experience about the polarization of the media.

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Two Washington teams win cooking contest and move on to National competition

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 17, 2015 Contact: Stephanie Davenport OLYMPIA, WASH. – One hundred and six young students from across the state competed in the annual Boyd’s Coffee® ProStart

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AVA Digital Awards: WRA website wins Gold!

The Washington Restaurant Association is pleased to be receive Gold recognition – the highest honor – from the AVA Digital Awards for its website. The award is based on evaluation by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). There were approximately 2,500 entries throughout the United States.

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Final rules on menu labeling passed federally

Impacts restaurants with 20 or more locations While there have been attempts to pass a statewide law on menu labeling, this hasn’t occurred in Washington. However, a federal law that

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New laws that could help your restaurant

Senate Bill 6442 and House Bill 1742 passed during the 2014 legislative session and are now law.Liquor licensees who sell growlers of beer to-go (tavern licensees, restaurant licensees, hotel licensees, microbrewery licensees and specialty beer and wine licensees) will now gain be allowed to sell growlers of hard cider and wine.

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Court denies NLRB petition in employer posting rule

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied a petition yesterday by the National Labor Relations Board for a hearing on a three-judge panel’s May decision to strike an NLRB regulation that would have required businesses to display a poster advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The latest rejection by the full DC Court of Appeals follows a similar ruling by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit last month.

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Annual Gallup poll shows Americans retain positive view of restaurants

Americans continue to view restaurants in a positive light, according to a Gallup survey released last week. The restaurant industry was again found to be one of the most highly regarded business sectors in America – a position the industry has held since Gallup started its annual poll of consumer perception of industries in 2001.

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Keep business moving in the Skagit Valley

The WRA extends its best wishes to everyone involved in last night’s collapse of the Skagit River Bridge on I-5. Along with everyone else, the WRA is relieved that no

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Study not accurate portrayal of sodium reduction efforts

A study on sodium intake published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine does not indicate recent progress made by the foodservice industry in developing lower-sodium items for consumers, the National Restaurant Association’s director of nutrition said.

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Winners! Oak Harbor High School Again!

OLYMPIA, Wash.—Once again the Washington Restaurant Association Education Foundation (WRAEF) is pleased to congratulate the Oak Harbor High School ProStart culinary team on its fifth place win at the National ProStart Invitational. Oak Harbor won top honors in Washington State’s Boyd’s Coffee ProStart competition in March, advancing to the April 19-21 national competition in Baltimore, Md., where culinary teams from 43 other states prepared meals for the judges.

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WRA introduces Senate Bill to correct errors in 1183 implementation

Senate Bill 5644, sponsored by Republican Leader Sen. Mark Schoesler and Democrat Leader Sen. Ed Murray, was introduced today and should be heard in committee next week. The Washington Restaurant

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Hearing set for 1183 lawsuit against Liquor Control Board

On June 21, the Washington Restaurant Association, along with the 1183 coalition filed a lawsuit challenging the Liquor Control Board’s rules to implement 1183. The suit was filed in Thurston

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Low voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election yields challenges and some takeaways

Tuesday’s primary election to decide the top two candidates for November’s general election ballot was predicted to have a turnout into the high 40 percentile; that did not happen.

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Seattle’s Paid Sick/Safe Leave Law coming September 1: New online resource is available to help you comply

The September 1, 2012 deadline to begin complying with Seattle’s new paid sick/safe leave mandate is fast approaching. Knowing this, the WRA, Seattle Restaurant Alliance (SRA), and WRA’s law firm Cairncross and Hempelmann have teamed up to create an online comprehensive guide to help you understand what changes you must make in your business to be in compliance by September 1.

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Distributors to Defend LCB Rulemaking in Law Suit

In June, the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) and the 1183 Coalition filed a lawsuit over the Liquor Control Board’s (LCB) unauthorized rulemaking to implement 1183. The lawsuit will challenge the rulemaking in five areas.