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76th Annual

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serving the needs of the restaurant industry for more than 45 years

• Acquisition, sale and financing of restaurants • Liquor license acquisition

and sale • Defense of liquor license citations and enforcement actions • Dram shop liability • Structuring to limit liability • Employment law and wage & hour issues • Litigation, mediation and dispute resolution • Intellectual property protection including trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets • Tax, business and estate planning SERVING THE FOLLOWING AREAS:


PRLA 2014 Officers CHAIRMAN Rick Sell Bahama Breeze, Exton Philadelphia Chapter VICE CHAIRMAN Mike Rodden Philadelphia Marriott West, West Conshohoken Philadelphia Chapter TREASURER Jeff Cohen Smallman Street Deli, Pittsburgh Western Chapter

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IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN Matt English Milestone Hospitality Management LLC, Lancaster Central and Lancaster chapters PRLA STAFF CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER John Doulgeris | jdoulgeris@prla.org


EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Vicki Zeppa | vzeppa@prla.org DIRECTOR OF MEMBER SERVICES—Eastern Region Brenda Mendte | bmendte@prla.org MEMBER RELATIONS COORDINATORS Christine Preuss | cpreuss@prla.org Eric Adams | eadams@prla.org MEMBERSHIP SALES REPRESENTATIVE Charlie Anderson, Northwestern PA DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & HUMAN RESOURCES Diane Sherwood | dsherwood@prla.org GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS REPRESENTATIVE Melissa Bova | mbova@prla.org EDUCATION COORDINATOR Hope Sterner | hsterner@prla.org


MEETING & EVENT PLANNER Heidi Howard | hhoward@prla.org COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR Stephanie Otterson | sotterson@prla.org


Industry Outlook



Ask US

GENERAL COUNSEL Shumaker Williams, P.C. Keith Clark


Food Safety


Legislative Corner


Legislator Spotlight


Chapter News & Notes


Welcome New Members

FINANCE ASSISTANT Paula Judd | pjudd@prla.org

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FIRST, AND FOREMOST, we would like to thank Matt English, Milestone Hospitality Group, for his dedicated service as the association’s chairman of the board in 2013. He ensured our transition to becoming the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association was a smooth one. His leadership was critical this fall when our long-time President & CEO, Patrick Conway resigned. Under Matt’s leadership, the Executive Committee acted swiftly in establishing a search committee to find the right person to fill this important position.

Rick Sell

After interviewing several executive search firms, the search committee has selected Pyramid LLC to assist the association in identifying qualified candidates for the President & CEO position. We will keep you, the members, updated throughout the search process. 2014 promises to be an exciting year for both the organization and the industry. The National Restaurant Association recently released its annual “What’s Hot” report. NRA surveyed more than 1,300 American Culinary Federation chefs to identify the new year’s biggest food and beverage trends. For the complete survey results, visit restaurant.org/ foodtrends. For our lodging members, please note that starting this month, the American Hotel & Lodging Association has implemented a new dues model. For details on the model and how it may impact your operation, please see the Ask Us column on page 6.

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PRLA has an aggressive agenda from now until June. With every House seat and 25 Senate seats, along with the Governor’s race up for grabs, there is a short window for PRLA to pursue its legislative agenda in 2014. The Legislative Corner on page 12 reviews our priorities and outlines how you can be involved in our legislative agenda and these elections. One important way you can participate in advancing the legislative priorities of PRLA is to join us on March 11 in Harrisburg for our annual Legislative Day at the Capitol. This event is free for members but registration is required if you want PRLA to schedule you an appointment with your legislator. Plan to stay for the Taste of the State reception at 5 p.m., it’s a great event for networking with your industry peers and elected officials. This year’s Spring Membership Meeting will be held on April 7-8, 2014, at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College. PRLA committee meetings are open to all members, and we encourage you to attend and engage in your association. Look for your formal invitation later this winter.

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John Doulgeris Finally, we wish you – our members – a prosperous New Year. Thank you for your continued membership and support. We look forward to serving you in 2014.

With best regards,

Rick Sell Chairman of the Board

John Doulgeris Chief Operating Officer



Knowledge is power in your operation. As a PRLA member, you have many informational resources available at your fingertips to help you with your day-to-day legal, regulatory and operational questions.

New Vision for AH&LA Growth and What it Means for PRLA Lodging Members Starting in January of 2014, there will be significant growth-focused changes with our national lodging organization, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), which will impact how the PRLA (called a partner state association, or PSA) interrelates with AH&LA, and how each individual property will align with both the PRLA and AH&LA. The current structure had all lodging properties joining AH&LA through their PSA, with those over 50 rooms/units having the cost automatically included in dues, and for those 50 and under rooms paying a separate optional fee to join AH&LA. While there were many positives to this structure, it provided no strong direct role for the major hotel companies in the country, with voices that are needed at the table on major legislative initiatives to help leverage meaningful action. A major initiative was developed (with PRLA actively participating) to re-structure the AH&LA for growth and a new focus on what it can do best for the industry: stronger legislative advocacy and influence, and serving as the respected sole collective voice of the nation’s lodging industry. There are many organizations representing certain facets of the lodging industry, but AH&LA is the only one positioned to remove the separate facets and focus on the entire industry as a whole, which meets a critical need in strengthening our voice.

How will this happen? The structure and governance of the AH&LA needed to change to enable the new focus to succeed. Instead of getting into the backof-the-house details that are not necessary 6 •


to get the major picture, we will focus here on what is likely more relevant to our members. 1. The PRLA, and other state lodging associations like us, will become a PSA. This enables our continued affiliation with the AH&LA, along with critical communications on legislative issues and resources on timely national issues that come up regularly (such as ADA, bedbugs, etc.), so that we stay connected at the national level. 2. For all branded properties in Pennsylvania: To be a member PRLA, you will continue to join through us; however, to continue as a member of AH&LA into 2014, you will join through your corporate office or franchise. The PRLA will no longer collect and remit your AH&LA national dues, to enable this new process. 3. For all independent properties (those without a brand name): PRLA has agreed to continue to collect and remit your dues to AH&LA through our normal renewal process; however, you will notice when you receive your renewal invoice for 2014 that there will be a separate line item for the voluntary AH&LA dues to retain your national membership.

What does all of this mean to my property? • AH&LA will now unify not only individual properties and state associations, but officially adds to the mix our powerful corporate and franchise company partners to make us stronger and more financially viable on a national level. With this new unified voice AH&LA will become more • WINTER 2014

valuable to all properties by being stronger at the federal level, which is an area all of us individually cannot address without its leadership. • PRLA will continue to be the legislative leader and voice of the lodging industry at the state level, with our separate dues clearly outlined at a more reasonable rate that you can immediately justify. • Independent properties will be able to conveniently add their optional AH&LA dues at the same time to their state dues to ensure they receive the AH&LA communications and services directly. To clarify, the only way to join at the state level will continue to be through PRLA. • We are anticipating that both PRLA and the AH&LA will grow and become even stronger under the new format, and our success can only mean improvements in services and legislative successes for our members and the hospitality industry in Pennsylvania. This is definitely a simplified and condensed explanation of the changes, focusing more on what may be of interest to you directly. More information will be sent electronically in the coming month, including the services AH&LA will provide to properties under the new format. If you have any questions, contact PRLA’s membership department at membership@prla.org or (800) 345-5353. Reprinted with permission from the Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association. Original article appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Inn Touch magazine, President’s Corner by Trisha Pugal, CAE, WH&LA President/CEO.

Meet the Officers Chairman of the Board Rick Sell Bahama Breeze, Exton Rick Sell joined Darden Restaurants in 1999 as Service Manager for their new growth concept Bahama Breeze. From 2001 – 2004 he served as a General Manager for Bahama Breeze earning inclusion into Darden’s Diamond Club recognizing the top 10 percent of all Darden General Managers. Since 2004, Rick has led operations for Bahama Breeze in the Northeast as their Director of Operations while accelerating growth with five new restaurant openings in the past 18 months. Darden honored him in 2009 with its Director of Operations of the Year award. Prior to Darden, Rick led operations for a small locally owned restaurant company in Atlanta, as well as working for Hyatt Hotels after graduating with a BA in Economics from the University of Dayton. Rick has been active in the PRLA, joining the board of directors in 2007 and serving as the Chairman of the PAC/PEC Committee and on the Executive Committee.

Vice Chairman of the Board Mike Rodden Philadelphia Marriott West Hotel, West Conshohocken Mike Rodden joined Marriott Hotels shortly after graduating from Michigan State University with his business degree. During his 31-year-tenure with Marriott, Mike has worked in hotels across the country and spent seven years at the company’s headquarters in Bethesda, Md. He currently is the general manager of the Philadelphia Marriott West Hotel, a position he has held for the last eight years. Prior to his move to West Conshohocken, Mike was the general manager of the Research Triangle Park Marriott in Durham, N.C. In addition to serving as a member of various tourism boards, he chaired the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Education Foundation.

Treasurer Jeff Cohen Smallman Street Deli/Weiss Provisions, Pittsburgh With famous sandwiches made of beef that is corned right next door at Weiss Provisions, Smallman Street Deli owner Jeff Cohen has made his deli a destination in the Strip District and beyond. Jeff spent 17 years in the shoe business before purchasing Weiss Provision Company in 1995. Jeff is an active advocate for the local restaurant industry, tackling issues such as the County Health Department’s proposal for posting restaurant grades, the County Council’s drink tax and City Council’s proposal to extend metered parking hours. He has served on the Western Chapter board of directors since 1996 and was chapter president for two years. He also serves on the Visit Pittsburgh board of directors.



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The Graham Company, Philadelphia, won the Allied Member of the Year (Matthew Kelly accepting on behalf of the company).

Lodging Member of the Year Stephen Sikking, Best Western Premier Eden Resort & Suites of Lancaster, with his wife and daughter.

76th Annual Meeting & Awards Gala The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (PRLA) hosted its 76th annual fall Membership Meeting and Awards Gala at the Hershey Lodge on Sunday, November 3 and Monday, November 4. Sunday and Monday’s committee and board meetings set the direction of the association for the coming year. Sunday evening’s Awards Gala recognized PRLA’s 2013 officers and honored several exceptional industry leaders for theirsafety, service, civic engagement, dedication and leadership.

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Jeff Cohen accepting the Wilmer S. Lapp Keystone Award on behalf of John Graf, Priory Hospitality Group, Pittsburgh, who was unable to attend.

Ross Morris, Andalusia, Cafe Bruges, Helenaís Chocolate Café & Creperie, and Piatto, Carlisle, won Restaurant Member of the Year.

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The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association would like to thank the following sponsors and purveyors for their generous support of November’s Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Gala: Diamond Sponsors Heartland Payment Systems

Friends of PRLA BMI

Gold Sponsors Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

Silver Sponsors Auntie Anne’s Bahama Breeze Ellis Coffee Company Quaker Steak & Lube Giannascoli & Kent PC The Graham Company

Fishbowl PA Preferred UnitedHealthcare

Membership Awards Membership growth relies heavily on peer outreach and support. The Membership Awards recognizes the individuals and chapters that have helped the association grow over the last year.

The Chapter Growth Awards are broken into two categories: Metro and Core and awarded for the largest percentage of new member growth over the year. The 2013 Chapter Growth Award – Metro Category was awarded to the Philadelphia Chapter, while the Brandywine Chapter won the Core Category award.

The Chapter Board Member Lead Contest is a competition between the chapter boards and the winning board generates the most membership sales per board member. The 10-person Philadelphia Chapter board brought in 15 new members. The chapter will receive a check for 10 percent of the membership dues collected from these new member sales, which will be given to the charity of the board’s choice.

Finally, PRLA recognized the Recruiter of the Year – the individual member who brought in the most new members during the year. Joe Campbell, Chickie’s & Pete’s of the Philadelphia Chapter, brought in nine new members, and the charity of his choice will receive a check for 10 percent of these new member sales.



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Appalachian Brewing Company Harrisburg

Great Wolf Lodge

Beechie’s Place


Meadow Lands

Gettysburg College Dining Services Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches

Lynn Dairy Queens Inc.




Excellence in Food Safety Awards Now in its 11th year, the Excellence in Food Safety Awards recognize members who exceed the standards of excellence in food safety and sanitation. PRLA congratulates the 2013 award recipients.

Messiah College Dining Services Lancaster

Red Robin – Hamburg Hamburg

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Victory Brewing Company Downingtown

Hilton Harrisburg Harrisburg


Training an Effective Team to Boost ROI Sheila Weir, vice president of domestic sales for the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AH&LEI), presented an educational seminar during the PRLA’s Annual Membership Meeting in November on the benefits of training an effective team to boost your return on investment. She encouraged attendees to develop training systems that provide a continuous training experience for their employees. Continuous training can provide an organization with increased employee productivity and retention, improved quality control, better guest satisfaction, reduced cost of turnover, and increased occupancy average daily rate over revenue. Employee turnover costs a company 150-200 percent of its employee’s average salary. For example, it would cost a company about $75,000 to replace an employee who earns an average salary of $50,000. A mid-sized company of 1,000 employees that has an annual turnover rate of 10 percent is looking at an annual cost of turnover around $7.5 million. Training not only helps retain staff but also increases morale within the organization, as well as directly influences profitability. The Cheesecake Factory annually spends about $2,000 per employee on training and reaps sales of more than $1,000 per square foot (more than twice the industry average). More generally speaking, an

increase of $680 in a company’s training expenditures per employee generates, on average, a 6 percent improvement in total shareholder return. Lack of training can lead to a social media nightmare. One bad guest experience will now go viral on Facebook or Twitter, or a negative review will dominate your Yelp or TripAdvisor pages. AH&LEI, the world’s largest developer of training and development solutions for the hospitality industry, offers a wide selection of training materials in various formats for

every department within your business. Topics include compliance training, Guest Service Gold, line level staff training and supervisory skill building and in formats like online learning, videos, text/skill guides and seminar programs. AH&LEI collaborated with TripAdvisor and Smith Travel Research to offer additional training resources to organizations and their employees to help gain a competitive edge in the marketplace. You can review these and some of the 100 other training products on www.ahlei.org.

Guest Service Gold • Comprehensive program designed to accomplish the goal of creating guest service-oriented frontline employees who know how to engage with their guests to provide memorable experiences • Available for both employee certification and property certification • Offered as an online program or through video/trainer guides

TripAdvisor, Reputation Management Training • Collaborative online training course that introduces front line employees to the concept of reputation management • T rainees are provided with an overview of TripAdvisor and learn where negative reviews come from and how their involvement can impact guest satisfaction

Smith Travel Research, Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics • T rains and develops employees to use the STAR report to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace • First ever professional certification in this field


LEGISLATIVE SESSION 2014 is an election year, which means a shorter than usual legislative session. With all 203 members of the House, 25 members of the Senate and the Governor’s race—there is a small window of opportunity for key legislative priorities to be accomplished before legislators return to their districts to focus on re-election efforts.



This year’s election will be critical in ensuring that the officials that fight for our industry continue to stay in office. Make sure you make your 2014 PRLA Political Action Committee donation as soon as possible to ensure we have the funds needed to support the elected officials that support us.

Efforts continue in ensuring the closure of the online travel company loophole. Currently, when an individual books a hotel stay with an online company the taxes are remitted on the wholesale rate and not the retail rate paid by the customer. Closing this loophole could bring an additional $7 to $8 million dollars in additional sales and occupancy taxes in to the state, and would ensure a level playing field for in-state hotels that are already remitting taxes at the full retail rate.

MANDATORY LEAVE POLICY PREEMPTION PRLA continues to advocate for House Bill (HB) 1807 (Grove—R, York), which prevents local municipalities from passing paid leave requirements on businesses. The legislation was passed out of the House Labor & Industry Committee in November and awaits a full House vote in the coming weeks. The legislation is a key priority of the association.

ALCOHOL REFORM/LIQUOR PRIVATIZATION It remains to be seen if the Governor will push for alcohol reform as he enters into reelection. The PRLA Alcohol Service Privatization Task Force has developed a comprehensive document that outlines the priorities of the association that can be used with any proposed alcohol reform.

HOTEL TAX REFORM PRLA continues to advocate for comprehensive change to the current hotel tax structure in Pennsylvania. The association is committed to ensuring that the current hotel taxes are used for tourism promotion, as they were originally intended.

SMALL GAMES OF CHANCE With passage of House Bill (HB) 1098, restaurant, hotel, brewery and brewpub license holders will be able to apply for a small games of chance license on January 25. This license is tied to the existing liquor license, and allows the holder to hold raffles, 50/50’s and offer pull tab games to their customers. All holders of a small games of chance license are subject to a 60 percent tax on the games to be remitted to the Commonwealth.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT With hurdles mounting as the roll-out of the affordable care act continues, changes are regularly being made to respond to all of the difficulties. SHOP, the small business healthcare exchange, which was supposed to be rolled out in fall 2013 has been delayed until fall 2014. PRLA priorities, such as increasing full time to 40 hours a week and eliminating the equivalency calculation for large employees, are starting to gain traction as Congress struggles to find solutions to the problems.

The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association is committed to representing the hospitality industry at all levels of government on legislative and regulatory issues that have a direct impact on our industry and our members’ bottom lines. The above issues are just a few of the priorities in which your association is currently engaged.

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legislator spotlight

Senator Kim Ward

IN 2008, Senator Kim Ward won the Pennsylvania 39th Senatorial District seat and was the first woman ever elected to that seat. She was reelected in 2012. Prior to her election to the Senate, she served as a Westmoreland County Commissioner in 2007, and on the Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors from 2002-2007, where she was Chairwoman of the Board for the final three years. In her first term, Sen. Ward successfully crafted legislation that reduced spending on state subsidized methadone treatment transportation; implemented the federal E-Verify program to ensure workers on publicly funded construction projects were legally permitted to work; and reauthorized the emergency services grant program. In addition, she led the charge for greater protections for Pennsylvania children with groundbreaking legislation that created the Statewide Task Force on Child Protection. The premise behind the creation of the task force was to make recommendations to update Pennsylvania’s aging child protection laws.

Sen. Ward is currently the Chairwoman of the Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee, which is responsible

and the Film Advisory Board. All these things put the Senator in a position to help ensure the Commonwealth is marketed and promoted in the best light possible.

Sen. Ward is a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Hempfield Township, the Italian Sons and Daughters of America, the N.R.A. and is a Mentor for the Anne Anstine Women’s Services. She is also a Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics; 2012 Legislative Fellow at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; and currently serves on the Port of Pittsburgh Commission.

Kim is an ardent supporter of the business community and realizes the important role small business plays as part of that community.

Sen. Ward is a native southwestern Pennsylvania resident who grew up in Meadowlands, Washington County. She attended The Community College of Allegheny County Respiratory Therapy program, the University of Pittsburgh and Middle Tennessee State University.

for overseeing legislation and related matters involving economic development, gaming, tourism, etc. This position reflects the Chairwoman’s interest in promoting the best possible standard of living and economic health for all Pennsylvanians and the local communities, in which they live, socialize and work.

Before entering politics Kim worked as a Board Certified Respiratory Therapist at Allegheny General Hospital, Vanderbilt University Hospital and Hershey Medical Center. She and her husband, Dr. Thomas Ward, have three sons, Tom, Michael, and Matthew.

The Senator is an ardent supporter of the business community and realizes the important role small business plays as part of that community. She further values the jobs and revenues that a healthy business sector provides the Commonwealth whether it is in the service, manufacturing (lowtech and hi-tech) or tourism (including restaurants and lodging) sectors. She also serves on the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority (PEDFA) Board of Directors



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what’s happening around the state? Chapter Installation Night on Monday, January 13. This event will feature Old Time Movie Themed culinary action stations. Brian Dailey of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts will once again be installed as Central Chapter President.

Stone Mansion Inn, Leesport

BERKS-SCHUYLKILL CHAPTER • Stone Mansion Inn, Leesport hosted the 25th Annual Duck Dinner on November 24. The Berks-Schuylkill Chapter Duck Dinner helps raise money for the PRLA Educational Foundation scholarship fund. • Join the Berks-Schuylkill Chapter and host Steve Stetzler, chapter president, in welcoming their 2014 board of directors on January 21 at ViVA Bistro & Lounge, Wyomissing. BRANDYWINE CHAPTER • The PRLA Brandywine Chapter Annual Holiday Party originally scheduled for December 8 had to be postponed due to inclement weather. The rescheduled event will be held at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve in Phoenixville on February 6 and will feature the installation of Jim Fris of PJW Restaurant Group as this chapter’s new president. • Victory Brewing Company’s Helios Ale and HopDevil IPA are both finalists for the 2014 Good Food Awards. Distinguished among 1,450 entries from across 10 industries and 50 states, the winners will be named at an awards ceremony held on January 16 –18, in San Francisco. Good Food Awards are granted to outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients.

career has made a profound impact to Lancaster County’s tourism industry and inspired others. The Lapps are in a select class of Lancaster tourism stand-outs, having contributed generously to the industry’s development for more than 50 years. Their businesses have been welcome landmarks for county visitors for decades, and their customer service standards continue to inspire all to do their very best in making travelers feel right at home. Christ and Dolly Lapp are the heart and soul of Good N Plenty Restaurant and Bird-in-Hand Farmers’ Market, as well stated by the many who wrote testimonials nominating this deserving couple.

• Hilton Harrisburg will host the PRLA Legislative Day Briefing on Tuesday, March 11. Please consider attending this most important industry event. More information may be found at www.prla. org/legday. KEYSTONE CHAPTER • Mark your calendars and plan to attend the PRLA 2014 Spring Membership Meeting which will take place on Monday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 8 at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College. You may access more information and online registration at www.prla.org/ springmeeting. LANCASTER CHAPTER • Good ‘N Plenty Restaurant is proud to announce that the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors’ Bureau has awarded the Burnley Lifetime Achievement Award to Christ and Dolly Lapp. The award recognizes an outstanding individual(s) whose pioneering spirit and demonstrated inventiveness throughout his or her

• For the second year, more than 30 students from the PA School of Culinary Arts in Lancaster helped out at the Water Street Mission’s Great Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless on November 24. The student chefs helped produce, serve and clear the seated meal to make the evening a great success. LEHIGH VALLEY CHAPTER • The Lehigh Valley Chapter Installation Gala is scheduled for the evening of January 28. The event will be held at Northampton Community College’s Hampton Winds Restaurant and will feature a three course dinner paired with wine. Hampton Winds is a training ground for students furthering their careers in the culinary and hospitality industries. PHILADELPHIA CHAPTER


• New PRLA member R2L Restaurant will be hosting the Philadelphia Chapter Installation Night on Monday, February

• Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Track will host the PRLA Central

For more information on any of the above events or to include your event or news in the next issue of Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Matters, contact Heidi Howard, PRLA meeting and event planner, at (800) 345-5353 or email to hhoward@prla.org. WINTER 2014


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10. The evening will feature signature action stations by Chef Daniel Stern and the R2L culinary team. Chapter President Joe Campbell of Chickie’s & Pete’s encourages all chapter members to attend this important industry event. Sponsorship opportunities are available; call PRLA’s office for details. • The first Women in Hospitality Philadelphia networking event was held the evening of December 4 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown and featured complimentary hors d’oeuvres by the Sheraton team and cocktails sponsored by Charles Jacquin et Cie. The next meeting of WIH Philadelphia will be a breakfast hosted by the Four Seasons Hotel on Tuesday, February 11. More information may be found at www.prla.org/WIH. Women in

Hospitality is a new club formed by PRLA, which is an offshoot of the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Women in Lodging group. • The Philadelphia Downtown Courtyard by Marriott is undergoing a $16 million rooms’ renovation due to be complete in the winter of 2014. The renovation will encompass all aspects of the guestroom and bath, with a custom design package blending contemporary decor with the historic elements of the hotel.

WESTERN CHAPTER • PRLA Western Chapter would like to thank Mad Mex Shadyside and ARAMARK at PNC Park for hosting the November and December board meetings. Both member locations generously provided meeting space, hors d’oeuvres and drinks for meeting attendees. • The Western Chapter Installation & Awards Gala will be held on Sunday, February 9 at St. Clair Country Club in Upper St. Clair. The event will feature delicious action food stations created by Chef Vincent Sanzotti and team with wine pairings sponsored by Capital Wine & Spirits.

For more information on any of the above events or to include your event or news in the next issue of Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Matters, contact Heidi Howard, PRLA meeting and event planner, at (800) 345-5353 or email to hhoward@prla.org.

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January 13

PRLA Leadership Webinar

February 24

PRLA Executive Committee Meeting

March 11

PRLA Legislative Day

April 1–2

AH&LA Legislative Summit PRLA Spring Membership Meeting

April 7–8 April 29–30

NRA Public Affairs Conference

May 17-20

NRA Show 2014

June 2

PRLA Executive Committee Meeting

June 24

PRLA Golf Classic East

PRLA Golf Classic West PRLA Executive Committee September 15 Meeting PRLA Executive Committee October 27 Budget Meeting October PRLA Annual Meeting & 27–28 Awards Gala November AH&LA Fall Conference and IHMR 9–12 Show September 9

LOCATION PRLA Office Harrisburg PRLA Office Harrisburg Capitol Complex Harrisburg Washington, DC Nittany Lion Inn State College Ronald Reagan Center Washington DC McCormick Place Chicago PRLA Office Harrisburg RiverCrest Golf Club Phoenixville TBD PRLA Office Harrisburg TBD TBD Jacob Javits Center New York City



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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Restaurant Members Almaz Cafe Norristown, PA Applecross Country Club Downingtown, PA Atria’s Restaurant & Tavern Pleasant Hills Pittsburgh, PA Bd’s Mongolian Grill Pittsburgh, PA Chili’s - Johnstown Johnstown, PA Ciao! 2 Pittsburgh, PA Climo’s Pizza & Chicken Cranberry Twp, PA Crime & Punishment Brew Pub Philadelphia, PA Damons Sports Bar & Grill Hazleton, PA Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse Philadelphia, PA Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina Cranberry Twp, PA Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina Gibsonia, PA Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina Pittsburgh, PA

Olive Garden Pittsburgh, PA

Allied Members

Olive Garden Uniontown, PA Olive Garden Washington, PA Pete’s East End Pub Steelton, PA St. Declan’s Well Philadelphia, PA Stella Rossa Downingtown Downingtown, PA Stella Rossa Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Talamore Country Club Ambler, PA The Historic Mansion House Mercersburg, PA The Pour House Exton, PA The Ridge Pub Harmony, PA University Grille Shippensburg, PA Vintage Restaurant & Bar/ Morgan Hill Easton, PA Walnut Grill Bridgeville Bridgeville, PA Wyoming Valley Country Club Wilkes Barre, PA

Ground Round Grill and Bar Coraopolis, PA

Lodging & Other HospitalityMembers

Ground Round Grill and Bar Greensburg, PA

30 Timber Road B&B Mechanicsburg, PA

Ground Round Grill and Bar/ Krav Corp Pittsburgh, PA

Hidden Valley Resort Hidden Valley, PA

Harvest North Wales North Wales, PA

Homewood Suites By Hilton - DuBois Du Bois, PA

Honeybrook Golf Club, LP Honey Brook, PA

Mansions on Fifth Hotel Pittsburgh, PA

Inn At Orwigsburg Orwigsburg, PA

Pilgrim’s Rest Bed & Breakfast Philadelphia, PA

Juniper Grill - Cranberry Cranberry Twp, PA

RamaTika Management Co. Mansfield, OH

Lancer’s Diner Horsham, PA

Shippen Place Hotel Shippensburg, PA

Levy Restaurants At PNC Park Pittsburgh, PA

SpringHill Suites - Erie Erie, PA

LongHorn Steakhouse Chambersburg, PA

Springhill Suites Pittsburgh Airport Pittsburgh, PA

LongHorn Steakhouse Easton, PA LongHorn Steakhouse Lebanon, PA LongHorn Steakhouse Reading, PA Molly’s Pub Lancaster, PA Olive Garden Bloomsburg, PA Olive Garden Chambersburg, PA

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Wyndham Garden Hotel Philadelphia Airport Essington, PA

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CHAMBERSBURG MEMORIAL PARK RESTAURANT The Borough of Chambersburg, Chambersburg, Franklin County, PA will receive Request for Proposals for the Establishment, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of a Restaurant at the Chambersburg Memorial Park and Municipal Pool. A Statement of Interest must be submitted by all interested parties by August 30, 2014. Formal proposals shall be submitted by December 2, 2014. Complete Request for Proposal documents are available at the office of the Borough Secretary, 100 South Second Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201; 717-261-3254; jwright@chambersburgpa.com. Project Background/Existing Conditions: Chambersburg Memorial Park is a public park located off of Memorial Drive, adjacent to I-81, in Chambersburg. The Park is open year round, and includes three softball fields, open field areas for soccer and other recreational sports, a basketball court, four tennis courts, a bandshell for concerts and other outdoor performances, picnic areas with grills, and a large pavilion with an open barbecue pit. Miniature golf and sand volleyball courts are also located in the Park. The Chambersburg Municipal Pool is located within the Park. A large main pool offers a 50 M section for lap swimmers, a wading area for novice swimmers, a diving area, and a 100' slide. Annual park visits total approximately 145,000, including 25,000 visits during fall soccer, 17,000 during spring soccer, 11,000 visits by walkers, and 10,000 visitors during the special events 4th of July celebration. This is an exciting opportunity to operate a full service restaurant year round as an accessory use for the park, the pool, and the community. Jamia L. Wright Borough Secretary

100 S. 2nd Street, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 17201-2512 Telephone (717) 264-5151 • Fax (717) 264-0224 http://www.chambersburgpa.gov

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