Business news for restaurants

The WRA works directly with state, federal and local governments and experts in the restaurant industry to ensure you are in the know.

The Washington Restaurant Association’s communications team produces a wide range of publications and products designed to keep our members up to speed on the latest industry news, trends, events and developments.

The WRA Website

The face of is constantly changing. In addition to a full-site makeover now underway, features an ever-changing mix of industry news, event listings and registration, training enrollment, regulatory alerts and a detailed look at every facet of the WRA’s operation.

  • News & Politics: Keep current on the dynamic hospitality industry with a daily updated feed of industry news and political updates.
  • Blog: WRA staffers contribute with commentary, special news updates and timely information for our industry.
  • Events: a listing of industry-related functions, training opportunities and marketing/sponsorship possibilities.
  • Business Resources: a collection of tools for any restaurateur wanting to get ahead and stay ahead.

Our website is a great way for potential members to get acquainted with the WRA and serves as an invaluable “home base” for our more than 5,000 members.
Updated every weekday, should be a regular part of any Washington restaurateur’s daily routine.

Social Media

With so many restaurants in Washington establishing a presence on social media websites, it only makes sense for the WRA to join the conversation. Our team maintains active profiles on Facebook, Twitter and FohBoh—a social media site designed especially for the restaurant industry. Following or “friending” the WRA on our social media sites is the best way to ensure you receive up-to-the-minute news affecting this industry.

The Front Burner

The Front Burner is the WRA’s monthly magazine, featuring industry news, profit-building ideas and trends essential for the savvy hospitality professional. This 28-page glossy magazine is packed with profiles on industry leaders, marketing tips, regulatory updates and much more must-have information.
The Front Burner has a readership of 6,310 and is mailed directly to the WRA’s more than 5,000 restaurant, allied and educational Association members, news media and legislative members. Additionally, The Front Burner is circulated to approximately 250 prospective members each month

Center Plate

Every week, WRA members are treated to Center Plate, an enewsletter packed with up-to-the-minute industry developments, ideas for boosting profits, political updates and an array of information that affects the way hospitality professionals do business.

WRA members have come to look forward to this industry snapshot hitting their inboxes each week.


A year after its launch, WRATV is flourishing into the most innovative way for Washington restaurateurs to be informed and entertained.

This groundbreaking internet-based tool offers instant access to news and relevant information. Each week fun new videos are added to the lineup and are launched to members in our weekly enewsletter, Center Plate.

WRATV features a series of channels broadcasting short educational video spots, presented in an entertaining format by industry experts.

Additionally, new informational videos will be added monthly, assisting members in a variety of areas: front of the house, back of the house, bar, economics and green operations.

Visit to experience this incredible tool.

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