District Restaurant News | Fall 2020

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September 14, 2020


Greetings from Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington. The past six months have been tumultuous to say the least, and I hope you and yours are finding strength and a path forward. I want to thank you for your continued work sharing updates about our industry with your audience, and for bringing light to the challenges faced by our region’s hospitality businesses and professionals this year. Since mid-March, as the pandemic began to take its devastating toll on our communities, my team has worked tirelessly on behalf of both our members and the industry as a whole. So much of my communication has been focused inward, guiding operators, so I thought I would take a few minutes to provide a concise update as to what we’ve achieved since March, where we are today, and what you can expect from RAMW as our region works to achieve the benchmarks of Phase Three of reopening. You may have received emergency relief correspondence from me or RAMW previously. I want to be respectful of your time, so let me know if these updates are useful. If you would email media@ramw.org with the subject line Recovery Updates, we will alert you with occasional operational, reopening, and relief correspondence. This year marks RAMW’s 100th anniversary - a milestone we hoped to be celebrating, but that is still important to acknowledge as we are a voice for the restaurant and foodservice industry -- a century strong. We gathered our Board of Directors in January where we devised a plan that recognized the need to raise up everyone that contributes to our incredible local business community, and a very real need to evolve our signature programs, to actualize diversity, inclusion, and equity. We have not strayed from our goals. Rather, the crises we continue to face this year have accelerated our work, and we find ourselves leaning on shared learning from past challenges like the aftermath of 9/11 and painful civil unrest. We continue to advocate for and promote the Metropolitan region’s dynamic food scene, spread across Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland. This year though, more than ever, we have solicited support from partners, the public, and legislators from the city, county and state levels, all of whom have heard our call and collaborated in impressive ways to ensure there is relief available for operators, that relief is not stymied by regulatory burdens, and that businesses and their employees are protected.

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