Great Meeting! Thanks again to Steve Clark and Kerry Miller from the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. Main takeaways from the discussion:
-Minimum wage law still going into effect December, stay tuned to see if there is an eleventh hour injunction (delay)
-Lack of staffing is an issue statewide, MRA is working with various non-profits that focus on getting transitional clients trained for food service. Some operators are sharing employees and offering shifts. The MRA also suggested looking to AARP groups.
-Licensing: No-Value Licenses and quotas are a concern for license holders. According to Steve Clark, the state legislatures understand the challenges of a business losing assets if their costly all alcohol license loses value. The issue has not been resolved on a state or local level. Developers are pushing for more licenses because mixed retail use needs restaurants more so than other shopping (due to online retail shopping). These new no-value licenses might become non-transferable.
-The MRA and Taste of Cambridge are open to sharing each others social media presence. This will be beneficial for both organizations.
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