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Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington President Lynne Breaux announced yesterday she will part ways with the organization after more than a decade.
Breaux was vague about her reasons for leaving, saying “it’s time” and that her contract is up in March. As for what’s next? “I have lots of ideas,” Breaux says. “But I’m not making any decisions until after this door is closed.” And in case you’re wondering whether the former restaurant owner might return to the restaurant biz, she says the prospect is “pretty slim, but then, you never say never.”
Among her proudest accomplishments, Breaux led an effort to push back on a Metro proposals in 2011 that would have closed down trains three hours earlier on weekends. She’s also fought to keep the D.C. sales tax at no more than 10 percent and helped turn the RAMW’s annual RAMMY Awards gala into the local industry’s see-and-be-seen restaurant event of the year.
Now that she’s leaving, Y&H can’t help but wonder if Breaux will finally reveal something she’s refused to talk about since the very beginning: What are her favorite restaurants, anyway? “I’d be happy to disclose that when I’m no longer employed,” she tells Y&H. Stay tuned.
Photo of Breaux with Rasika chef Vikram Sunderam by Jessica Sidman