Win! Food Service Requirements for Liquor Licenses Updated!

After months of work by the Washington Hospitality Association and with the input of our members, the food requirements under the spirits, beer and wine restaurant license are now updated to accommodate the diverse range of menu offerings popular today. The Board expanded the definition of what a “complete meal” is to include many cultural dishes and allows greater flexibility to the requirement that side dishes accompany entrees. The licensing rules are now clearer for business owners. To read the updated language of the Washington Administrative Code, click here. The amended language was approved by the Liquor and Cannabis Board in June.


Let Us Know Your Thoughts on Legislative Candidates in Your Area

With the August primary just around the corner, state legislative races are heating up. While the State Government Affairs Team has been travelling across the state to meet candidates, your input is critical to the endorsement process. If you have any comments or questions about any of the state legislative candidates, you may email any member of the State Government Affairs Team, or email Julia Gorton, director of State Government Affairs at


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National Trend: District of Columbia Passes Initiative Eliminating Tip Credit and Raising Minimum Wage to $15

On Tuesday, District of Columbia voters approved Initiative 77- a measure that will eliminate tip credit and raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 and will increase the minimum wage to $15 for tipped workers by 2026. Currently, tipped workers in D.C. earn $3.33 per hour plus tips but under the new initiative they would make $15 per hour plus tips by 2026. Although the initiative won the approval of D.C. voters, the D.C. Council has the power to intervene and prevent the initiative from moving forward. Many of the council members have publicly stated their opposition to the measure. The fate of the D.C. minimum wage initiative remains unclear. New York and California passed $15 minimum wage laws as well as many large cities in the U.S., including Seattle.


Hoopfest is Coming to Spokane! Are You Ready?

Spokane’s annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Hoopfest, is coming June 30-July 1 in downtown Spokane. Billed as the largest tournament of its kind, this means it’s among the busier weekends of the year for hotels and restaurants. More than 7,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers and more than a quarter of a million fans will descend on our city starting with check-in on June 28. Check out updates from Hoopfest on its Facebook page.



Video: Using Data to Reduce Costs

Which metrics are you using to fine-tune your labor costs? Finishing up his four-part series on labor cost management, Rick Braa explains the methodology behind trusting and tracking your employees’ performance and tells you which metrics you should watch to adjust your costs. Rick Braa, principal at AMP Services, is one of the consultants on the Hospitality Association Advisory Network. Watch our Advisory Network videos here. Want to speak with an adviser? Contact your membership representative to take advantage of this free member benefit! Watch the video here!


Round Table Clubhouse and Pierce County Project Access on Dine NW – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz kick off the show with Paul Barbano, owner of Bonney Lake’s Round Table Clubhouse. Andy and Paul then interview Timm Dowling, director of development at Pierce County Project Access, a network of health care professionals who donate care to uninsured, low-income residents of Pierce County.


Eye on Hospitality: Virtual Assistants Coming to a Hotel Near You

The hospitality industry is abuzz following this week’s announcement that Amazon is partnering with Marriott on a new program called Alexa for Hospitality. Voice assistants, like Alexa and Apple’s Siri, can potentially transform the hotel experience as we know it. Read more…