Weekly Update: Jenny Durkan Leads in Seattle Mayoral Primary – Big Win for Hospitality Industry!

Weekly Update: Jenny Durkan Leads in Seattle Mayoral Primary – Big Win for Hospitality Industry!

Jenny Durkan Leads in Seattle Mayoral Primary – Big Win for Hospitality Industry!

The Seattle restaurant and hotel political arm, Seattle Hospitality for Progress, endorsed Jenny Durkan for mayor and Sara Nelson for City Council position 8 in the primary election. On August 1, Durkan earned enough votes to head onto the November general election. Some races are very close and Nelson may not advance in the primary. Read more…


Victoria Woodards and Other Hospitality-Friendly Candidates Advance in Tacoma Primaries

The Tacoma restaurants of the Washington Hospitality Association endorsed Victoria Woodards for mayor, Robert Thoms for City Council position 2, Kevin Grossman for City Council position 4, Brian Arnold for City Council position 5 and Meredith Neal for City Council position 6. Each of these candidates made it through the August 1 primary election in second place.


Restaurateur Matthew Howes Advances to Spokane General Election

The Spokane Chapter of the Washington Hospitality Association endorsed Matthew Howes for Spokane City Council District 3. On August 1, Howes earned enough votes to move him onto the November General Election. He will face Candace Mumm for the seat. Read more…


Washington Hospitality Magazine’s August Issue on Its Way to Your Mailbox

Washington Hospitality Magazine’s August issue is out. We focus on workforce retention in this issue. It should reach you within the next few days.



Be the First to Find Out What’s New and Local for Washington Cider Week

You’re invited to an industry exclusive, to sip new releases and best seller ciders from all over the state of Washington. Eleven cidermakers will greet you and offer you samples of what Washington Cider Week (September 7-17) will taste like. Swing by Seattle’s Capitol Cider on Tuesday, August 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. You’ll find tasty bites to nosh on while you learn about the fastest growing beverage on the market, where cider is already representing 6 percent of the beer market in Washington. For more information, contact Emily Ritchie.


Join Us! Seattle Hospitality for Progress Happy Hour Mixer and Fundraiser, August 8

Join local restaurateurs, hoteliers and industry friends and partners for drinks (first one FREE), appetizers and networking. Sip and savor drinks and bites with friends while playing bocce ball, corn hole, Giant Jenga, Giant Uno and Giant Connect Four. It’s all to support Seattle Hospitality for Progress, the political arm of the Seattle Hotel Association and Seattle Restaurant Alliance. The committee is proud to have endorsed Jenny Durkan for mayor and Scott Lindsay for city attorney. This great event takes place 5-7 p.m., August 8, at the Rhein Haus, 912 12th Ave., Seattle. RSVP to Tjitske Dekker.

L&I Rule-making to Include Public Hearings on State Minimum Wage, August 16-29

The Washington Hospitality Association has been participating in stakeholder meetings on Initiative 1433 (increasing the minimum wage to $13.50 per hour by 2020) since Jan. You can read our summary of the proposed rules here. Rule-making is the process that agencies use to create, and plan for the enforcement of, new laws. The legislature first sets broad policy mandates by passing bills, then agencies generate detailed regulations through rule-making. Public hearings are being held on L&I’s rule-making process for I-1433. The hearings are being held through August 29 in Spokane, Pasco and Everett. For more information on this topic, contact StephanieM@Wahospitality.org.


Mark Your Calendars: Golf FORE! Education Tournament, September 19

ProStart’s Golf FORE! Education is right around the corner! Register quickly to secure your spot at Washington National on September 19. Register now.


Attention Hoteliers: Don’t Miss this Year’s Washington Lodging Convention!

The Washington Lodging Convention has rounded out its program with an A-list of speakers and trainers who will help hoteliers navigate the disruptive forces facing the industry. From Greg Duff’s training on distribution disrupters to Glenn Haussman’s keynote on reinventing service in the new hospitality climate, it’s a program you can’t afford to miss. Learn more about the lineup and register here.



Advisory Network Video: Labor Cost Management – Forecasting

Watch the newest video in our Advisory Network series. Rick Braa, principal at AMP Services, in Seattle, explains the first strategy restaurant owners and managers should be employing to save money on labor: forecasting. Stay tuned for part two (coming soon). Rick will explain staffing and scheduling strategies that will help you trim the fat on your labor costs. Want more advice from the experts? You can check out past Advisory Network videos here. Have a question for the Network? Get in touch with your Area Coordinator to take advantage of this free member benefit.


Northwest Cider Association and Tacoma Power on DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s Dine NW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz kick off the show with a conversation with Emily Ritchie, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. Andy and Paul then chat with Patrick Urain, conservation program manager at Tacoma Power.


Eye on Hospitality: Service Charges – Another Response to Tip Pooling Uncertainty

Continuing our discussion from last week, restaurateurs are responding to uncertainty about mandatory tip pools in a variety of ways.  One response is to get rid of tips all together and move over to service charges. Read more…



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