Weekly Update: Tell Seattle to cap delivery fees at 15%

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Help Seattle restaurants survive: Fix delivery-fee cap at 15%

By Steve Hooper
Special to The Seattle Times

Your favorite neighborhood restaurant has been through a lot during the pandemic — and most are nowhere near out of the woods. Remember those on and off and on-again indoor dining bans? They succeeded in keeping customers away from restaurant dining rooms. Unsurprisingly, they also caused restaurants’ revenues to plummet.

For those fortunate enough to make it through the pandemic, the average restaurant now carries $160,000 in debt — the equivalent of more than three years’ profit, according to the Washington Hospitality Association. With restaurants’ net revenue plummeting yet again as we move into the current high inflation, post-pandemic phase, the city of Seattle should make the 15% third-party delivery fee cap temporarily imposed during the pandemic permanent.

Third-party delivery services were an important tool for many local restaurants who made it through the impossibly difficult pandemic, providing a viable connection to customers that might otherwise have been unavailable. Pre-pandemic delivery companies were already charging restaurants 30% or more in some cases, which was already untenable.

Click here to read the rest of Steve’s op-ed in The Seattle Times

Northwest Hospitality Leadership Podcast: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Results

Washington Hospitality President & CEO Anthony Anton sat down with Brian Moreno, a co-owner of a franchised business organization with McDonald’s in Othello, Wash., and Conrad Venti of Venti’s Cafe and Basil & Board in Salem, Ore. The three talk about the book “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” by Patrick Lencioni. Sponsored by U.S. Bank.

Done with DUNS

The Working Washington 5 application portal for business grants of up to $20,000 will open on Aug. 17.

Remember – you will need a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number. The UEI is a federal requirement that replaces the DUNS number.

COVID-19 impact survey

The National Restaurant Association is conducting an operator business impact survey to gather data that will help their collective advocacy efforts at all levels of government. The survey is open until Aug. 1.

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Lend your support for 15% delivery fee cap legislation

We are looking for members to provide public comments in support of legislation to make the 15% delivery fee cap permanent.

Please email Austin Miller to sign up for public comment and receive assistance with talking points.

SDOT outdoor dining permits

The Seattle Department of Transportation released its proposal for long-term “Safe Start” outdoor dining permits.

This proposal will lower the fees from pre-pandemic levels to allow for more accessible and equitable access to the program.

Tukwila minimum wage initiative qualifies for November ballot

An initiative to raise the minimum wage to the “SeaTac level” will be on the November ballot in Tukwila.

Details are available on our website, and you can contact John Lane if you have any questions.

Bellingham ordinance regarding single-use plastics takes effect July 31

For food service establishments, this ordinance will affect single-use plastics such as plates, utensils and cups.

The prohibition will also impact lodging properties as travel-sized toiletries like shampoo, soap and lotion in plastic bottles will also be prohibited.

The Hospitality Profit: Restaurant efficiencies

Financial consultant Rick Braa will discuss restaurant efficiencies in the next Hospitality Profit webinar at 10 a.m. July 27. Bring your questions.

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