[WIN!] Cocktails to go now until 2023

It’s official – Washington state restaurants will be able to sell beer, wine and cocktails to go until July 1, 2023. The extension of the temporary rule change comes from the passage of House Bill 1480, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) agency-request legislation, which Governor Inslee signed into law last night. Click here for more.

Get ready to apply for money from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The U.S. Small Business Administration is expected to release its Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) program guide and sample application any day and it will start accepting applications shortly afterward. When you apply matters!

Use our updated RRF Toolkit here.

Free masks for King Co. restaurants

King County is partnering with Washington State to distribute complimentary PPE masks to restaurant workers throughout the county. Restaurant representatives are invited to attend the county’s drive-thru mask distribution pop-up events which will take place at three different King County locations — Seattle, Bellevue, and Renton. Click here for more information. Free masks will be available in more counties soon: watch this space!

Counties in Phase 2: Guideline refreshers

Cowlitz, Pierce and Whitman counties are moving back to Phase 2 tomorrow. If you would like a refresher course on what is permitted in Phase 2, we’ve updated our reopening guides to include this information.

Everyone 16 and older eligible for vaccines

As of today, all adults 16 and older are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. If you or your employees would like to find a vaccine near you, click here, enter your zip code and you will find a list of clinics.

Pierce County Council approves $4 million to benefit small businesses

Small business owners in Pierce County could be eligible for need-based grants of up to $10,000 through the Pierce County Economic Development Department. Pierce County businesses and nonprofits are eligible for the grant if they have 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (eating/drinking establishments have no employee limit), are directly impacted by the Phase 2 rollback and are not a corporate chain or corporate franchise. Click here for more information.

Save the date: Take Advantage of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The Washington Hospitality Association and Seattle Restaurant Alliance will host an informative webinar on the RRF at 10 a.m. April 30. John Morosco of the Wenatchee Small Business Development Center and Julie Eisenhauer, CPA and Clark Nuber shareholder, will provide a deep dive into what you need to know about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Look for more information in upcoming emails.

Save the date: National State of the Industry, May 11 & 20

We are excited to reveal events we’ve been hard at work to bring you in May.

  • National State of the Industry: Restaurants & Entertainment, 1 p.m., May 11
  • National State of the Industry: Lodging & Events, 12 p.m., May 20

There will be keynotes from the CEOs of the National Restaurant Association and American Hotel & Lodging Association for their respective events.  More information will be made available in the coming weeks. We hope to see you there!

[Webinar] Beyond Zero Injuries 

Are zero injuries the right safety goal or is there a better one that will drive continuous improvement? In this webinar, you will learn what lies beyond zero injuries and how this is the goal your culture must strive for to thrive. Attend the webinar at 10 a.m. April 20. Register here.

[Webinar] The Hospitality Profit: Economic Stimulus Packages

Hospitality financial consultant Rick Braa of AMP Services will discuss the many economic stimulus packages available to business owners right now. Join us at 10 a.m. April 28. Brought to you by IBA. Register here.

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