Weekly Update: Washington Restaurant Neighbor Award Winners!

Weekly Update: Washington Restaurant Neighbor Award Winners!

Congratulations, 2017 Washington Restaurant Neighbor Award Winners!

The Washington Hospitality Association is proud to announce that three of its members, Mod Pizza, Hop Jack’s and the Mill Creek Pub are the Washington state winners of the Restaurant Neighbor Award. These restaurants are making the continual improvement of our community a priority. We are honored to have them as part of our industry. They are strong examples for all of us to follow.


Seattle’s Initiative 124 Upheld

Judge John Erlick upheld Seattle’s Initiative 124 in King County Superior Court on June 9. The initiative pertains to health and safety provisions for Seattle hotel workers and includes a blacklist and other provisions. The Seattle Hotel Association, Washington Hospitality Association and American Hotel & Lodging Association filed a lawsuit in December 2016 requesting the court invalidate the ordinance. The Seattle Hotel Association said it will continue to evaluate its options. Questions? Contact Jillian Henze.



Free Seminar: Legislative & Compliance Update for the Hospitality Industry – RSVP by June 16

Sponsored by Conover Insurance and Hospitality Industry Health Insurance Trust, this lunch and learn provides an in-depth view of topics relating to human resources in the hospitality and industry, including Seattle Initiative 124, the structuring of compliant pay strategies in an hourly environment, a review of upcoming changes to city and state ordinances related to benefits and a look at what you need to do now to be prepared for targeted audits. This great event takes place Wednesday, June 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Palace Kitchen, 2030 5th Avenue, Seattle. Lunch is provided. RSVP by June 16 to Patricia Sims at 425.777.4654 or patricias@conoverinsurance.com.


Sixteen Days Until Secure Scheduling: Attend Our Free webinar

Seattle’s Secure Scheduling Ordinance starts July 1. Learn the new requirements of the law and prepare your business in our one-hour live webinar presented by the Seattle Restaurant Alliance. And don’t miss the Secure Scheduling Ordinance Webinar, presented by the Seattle Restaurant Alliance, 2-3 p.m., June 21. Free stream the webinar live! RSVP to tjitsked@wahospitality.org.



Two Minute Video: News You Need to Know

Don’t miss this great video recap of the news you need to know from the past week, including the latest on the tip pooling, the overtime rule, the Seattle City Council ‘s passage of a sweetened beverage tax; and the possibility of Tacoma instituting a similar tax.


Vinn Distillery and Thomas & Sons Distillery 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 an interview with Michelle Ly, co-owner of Vinn Distillery, which produces baiju. Andy and Paul then chat with Ray Nagler, co-owner of Thomas & Sons Distillery, which specializes in liqueurs from kombucha.


Eye on Hospitality: Commission Pay – A Road Less Traveled

The restaurant industry’s compensation models are rapidly changing. With increasing costs in the form of rising minimum wages and other factors, restaurant operators are experimenting with new approaches in compensation for employees including service charges, surcharges, bonuses and commissions. Read more…