Weekly Update: More than 93 percent of WLA RETRO members now part of WRA-WLA RETRO program

Weekly Update: More than 93 percent of WLA RETRO members now part of WRA-WLA RETRO program https://wahospitality.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/WashingtonRestaurantWeekly_WebsiteBanner-467x198.jpg

The WRA and WLA’s RETRO program has passed a major milestone. More than 93 percent of WLA RETRO members are now part of the WRA-WLA RETRO program, contributing more than $9.7 million in total paid premium. It’s great to be working with WLA members, and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship as our two organizations grow closer together. For more information, contact the WRA and WLA’s Jenny Walker or Jessica Woods.

Get ready for Seattle minimum wage increase – January 1

On January 1, Seattle’s minimum wage increases. The amount of the increase depends on several factors including the number of employees and benefits offered. The Office of Labor Standards, which provides education about and enforcement of Seattle labor laws has put together a chart to assist in understanding the new minimum wage. The Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance can be confusing, but the WRA is here to help you succeed. In order to make sure your business thrives, we created a Web series on the Seattle minimum wage implementation that can be accessed here.

Hurry now and reserve your hotel room for Hill Climb – Deadline: December 25

The WRA has reserved two blocks of rooms at hotels within walking distance of the Capitol for the 2016 Hill Climb. Hotels book out quick in Olympia so if you plan to stay, please make your reservations as soon as possible! Here are the details:

Double Tree by Hilton Olympia
415 Capitol Way North, Olympia
Phone: 360.570.0555
$169 (King) or $179 (Double Queen)
Group Name: WRA WLA Hill Climb
Special Group Name if purchasing online: WLA
This block will expire on December 25. After December 25, the rate will be still be granted per availability.

The Governor – A Coast Hotel
621 Capitol Way South, Olympia
Phone: 360.352.7700
$109 (King or Double Queen) – rate can only be booked via phone
Group Name: WRA WLA Hill Climb
This block will expire on December 25. After December 25, the rate will be still be granted per availability.

Please plan to join us for Hill Climb and the Taste our Best 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. Later in the evening, 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. Register here. If you would like information on being a sponsor, would like to be a restaurant at Taste Our Best or just have questions, please contact the WRA’s Marian Ericks at MarianE@warestaurant.org.

Shingletown Pub, Ballard Loft and Bell-Anderson Insurance on this week’s DineNW radio show – now online

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz interview Dan Murphy, owner of the Shingletown Pub and Ballard Loft, and Mike Englund of Bell-Anderson Insurance.

Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Gas prices go down, restaurants benefit

You see it every time you go to the pump to fill ‘er up. Gas prices are going down, down and down. And no one when it’s going to stop. While there is a sackcloth and ashes mood of mourning in oil patches like Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Alberta or Saudi Arabia, and those who trade in petroleum futures are none too happy either, motorists and many business owners have good reason to be very pleased. Among those businesses affected positively by lower gasoline prices are restaurants. Read more…