Washington Restaurant Weekly: WRA RETRO program returns $7.6 million to members

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Great news for our members! As of next week, the WRA’s RETRO program will have returned $7.6 million to its participants. Since the program’s inception, the average refund is 24.5 percent. In the last three years, the return rate has been 27.9 percent. The WRA introduced the Retrospective Rating program (RETRO) to the Washington restaurant industry in 1986. Since then, RETRO has grown to serve the largest number of employer locations, helping numerous member participants to realize upfront savings on their workers’ compensation premiums. For more information on how RETRO can benefit your business, contact the WRA’s Jessica Woods.

Save the date – Hill Climb coming on January 25

Please plan to join us for Hill Climb and the Taste our Best reception on Jan. 25, 2016, for our annual day on the Hill. Your Government Affairs team will set up group meetings with each legislator. It’s the perfect way to ensure your legislator knows exactly what is going on in our industry. Register here. If you would like information on being a sponsor or just have questions, contact the WRA’s Marian Ericks at MarianE@warestaurant.org.

Taste Our Best legislative reception – Be a part of this great event, January 25

Following Hill Climb, on January 25, the Taste Our Best legislative reception brings together restaurateurs, hoteliers and legislators for a night of the industry’s most superb food, finest beers and wines and hospitality at its best. This relaxed environment gives industry leaders a chance to socialize and visit with the state’s elected leaders. You will not want to miss this great event, and if you want your restaurant to be one of the eateries represented at Taste Our Best, contact the WRA’s Marian Ericks at MarianE@warestaurant.org.

CHART and Experience Tea on this week’s DineNW radio show – now online

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Co-hosts Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz chat with Patrick Yearout of the Council of Hotel & Restaurant Trainers (CHART). Andy and Paul then interview Roberta Fuhr, owner of Experience Tea.

Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Big players move into food delivery business

Food delivery service is a big thing that’s about to get even bigger. Nearly every city, in the U.S. and Canada, has several food-ordering apps and numerous existing services – like Seamless and Postmates – that specialize in quickly bringing meals from restaurant to customer. Now the big boys are moving into this lucrative business. Amazon, for one, is adding restaurant delivery to its rapidly expanding array of on demand services. After a trial run in Seattle, Amazon recently announced that Prime Now-based food delivery will soon expand to 20 major metropolitan areas across the U.S. Amazon, however, is not the only big player with eyes on food delivery. Read more…