Weekly Update: Minimum wage, raise menu prices the right way, employee benefits

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Coming Jan. 1: New statewide minimum wage
Did you know that the statewide minimum wage will increase to $13.50 on Jan. 1, 2020? For minimum wage information for Seattle and SeaTac, click here.

How do you raise menu prices the right way?
Raising menu prices can be scary because of the worry that your restaurant will lose customers. Our experts running Washington restaurants recommend how to raise menu prices the right way.

Preparing for the worst: Workplace Violence Prevention
Preventative measures and training ensure your staff and guests are protected in a potentially lethal scenario. Join the Department of Homeland Security at the Washington Hospitality Convention to learn more about how to protect your business and employees through strategic methods using the Run-Hide-Fight method and more.

Register today!

King County food permit costs may increase after review
The King County Board of Health is considering an increase in the cost of food permits to adjust for the rate of inflation, plus one percent.

The department is focusing on inspector consistency and addressing restaurateurs who resolve health infractions swiftly in between inspections to improve restaurant grades. The board is expected to determine rate changes by the end of the year.

Read more about their food inspection process here.

Making commuter benefits a business benefit
Join us Nov. 13 for a special webinar hosted jointly by Alice and the Washington Hospitality Association as we dive into the Seattle Commuter Benefits Ordinance. Plus, learn how to turn the ordinance into a benefit your employees love. Register here!

Two-Minute News: Get your login to the new members-only HUB + Convention spotlight

Pathways Dinner silent auction items valued more than $8,000
The silent auction will have more than 40 items to bid on. These include stays at The Benson Hotel, The Sound Hotel – Tapestry Collection, and Skamania Lodge, as well as experiences such as a private dining experience at Bargreen Ellingson for six to eight people at their test kitchen and dinner for two at Daniel’s Broiler.

To see the full array of items, register for the Hospitality Convention and see it for yourself at the Pathways Dinner on Nov. 4.

TRAINING

Upcoming ServSafe Manager Classes
All classes are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Bellingham: Nov. 13 at Chrysalis Inn & Spa
Registration Deadline: Oct. 30

Everett: Dec. 9 at Food Services of America
Registration Deadline: Nov. 25

Kent: Nov. 11 at Food Services of America
Registration Deadline: Oct. 28

Seattle (SODO): Dec. 3 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: Nov. 19

Spokane (Post Falls): Nov. 21 at Food Services of America
Registration Deadline: Nov. 7 – last Spokane class of 2019!

Tacoma: Nov. 12 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: Oct. 29

Register your employees here.

INDUSTRY ROUNDUP

How to raise menu prices the right way (Washington Hospitality Association)

Sunday Puzzle: Hotel Room Essentials (NPR)

What makes a restaurant’s website accessible? That’s up for debate (CNBC)

Design is not enough to set a hotel apart in 2019 (Business Insider)

Online ordering boom gives rise to virtual restaurants (Associated Press)

This Kirkland restaurant is inspired by a famous writer (KING 5)

Independent Hotels Are Disappearing as Chains Grow (New York Times)

Washington Hospitality Magazine (Washington Hospitality Association)

In Male-Dominated Pizza Circles, Women Are Grabbing A Bigger Slice Of The Pie (NPR)