Category: Columns

Nine Ways to Get Attention-Resistant Guests to Sit Up and Listen

Today’s tired, wired, and distracted guests have little appetite for listening. While rattling off specials, I bet you’ve felt you could light yourself on fire…and no one would notice. Not to worry, you’re not alone. So, let’s explore. 1) Get yourself together. Professional appearance alone makes you a better salesperson. Okay, the obvious. Clean pressed […]

The Summer Scoop

As you celebrate summer and begin to bask in the sun, we’d like to share several noteworthy reasons for you to visit Maryland’s enchanting seashore. For starters, FREE family fun is offered six nights per week! From “Sundaes in the Park,” to movies on the beach, to the all-new “Dance Party Nights,” you’ll find entertainment […]

New Officers at the Helm of OCHMRA

Approximately 230 OCHMRA members gathered for the annual installation of officers and board directors at Harrison’s Harbor Watch. Will Lynch of the Commander Hotel was installed as the new president, Gary Figgs of Seacrets was installed as 1st vice president, and Tom Tawney of Cayman Suites will serve as the 2nd vice president. Shawn Harman […]

Sanitizing Basics … For Real

Any food establishment owner or manager knows that the key to being successful is to keep your establishment free of pests, clean, and for cooking and prep areas, sanitized. Do you have to sanitize your whole building? No. If food is not touching it, then you don’t have to sanitize it. Cleaning is the process […]



Siren… The word itself conjures mythological nymphs, allure and seduction, and mystical calls to the sea. It is, of course, the name of a new DC restaurant that opened in late April: Siren by Robert Wiedmaier. Wiedmaier is joined in this newest venture by partners Brian McBride and John Critchley. And they definitely are a […]

RAM 2017 Stars of the Restaurant Industry Award Winners Announced

With more than 600 members in attendance, the Restaurant Association of Maryland announced the winners of its 63rd Annual Stars of the Restaurant Industry Awards. The gala celebration and awards presentation took place Sunday, April 30 at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore. Over thirty-five thousand votes were cast to decide the favorite Maryland […]

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