What We Do
Promoting and protecting the industry at the local, state and national level.
Answers to your legal, regulatory, and business operations challenges.
Employee development, customized training and required industry certification courses.
A complete library of tools and resources you need to successfully run your business.
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Our 23 chapters in Texas connect you to local issues and restaurateurs.
Invest in your business and this industry by joining TRA. Through our restaurant membership we help our members build customer loyalty, rewarding careers and financial success. Whether you are an industry veteran, or new business owner, TRA has the resources you need to succeed.
As a busy restaurant operator, think of TRA's restaurant membership as your trusted advisor and resource when navigating your business. We can provide legal resources, training and certification for you and your staff, advocacy representation, operations support, and community engagement as part of your membership. There is strength in numbers – joining the TRA pledges your support to the foodservice and restaurant industry.
On April 17-18, 40 Texas restaurateurs joined more than 550 restaurateurs from around the country in Washington, D.C. for the 32nd annual National Restaurant Association Public Affairs Conference. The Texas Restaurant Association, along with 45 other state restaurant associations, led its restaurateurs to Capitol Hill to speak with its Congressional delegation to relay real life stories, successes and challenges to their elected officials.
Our industry achieved a significant victory in the recently passed “omnibus” spending bill that fully repealed a 2011 regulation that attempted to prohibit back-of-the-house staff from participating in tip pools in restaurants where employers did not take a tip credit. However, we needed further clarification over a provision that bars some “managers” and “supervisors” from participating in a tip-pool.
Congress passed the federal menu labeling law in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act. It requires restaurant chains and similar retail food establishments that have 20 or more locations operating under the same brand to provide detailed nutrition information to consumers, and display calories on the menu, menu-board or drive through.
Over the weekend, 12 high school culinary arts and 12 restaurant management team finalists gathered in San Antonio at St. Philip’s College for the final battle of the Texas ProStart Invitational. Emerging victorious were Texas teams from Rockwall High School (RHS) in Rockwall for the culinary portion of the competition and Glenda Dawson High School in Pearland for restaurant management.
For the first time in more than 30 years, we're bringing TRA Marketplace back to San Antonio! This conference and trade show will dazzle visitors with stunning and interactive displays, state of the science products and equipment, cutting edge technology and the latest news, trends and advice from dynamic industry leaders.
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