News Archive

Aug 2019

  • Aug 19
    2019
    Emily Williams Knight Headshot

    A proven leader who drives business success by investing in people and culture is taking the reins at the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA). Dr. Knight succeeds Richie Jackson, who is retiring after 47 years with the Association, 34 of those as CEO...

  • Aug 14
    2019

    Ten restaurants and counting are donating funds to assist El Paso residents affected by the recent, tragic mass shooting that killed 31 people on August 3rd. Eldorado Cafe, Bill Miller BBQ, Rudy's BBQ, Pelican's, Border City Ale House, Thirty 5ive...

  • Aug 7
    2019
    Beer flight at restaurant

    If you’ve been considering adding craft beer to your restaurant’s menu, the time is now. Nationwide, there’s never been more breweries. Never. In 2015, we surpassed the old record, which was set in 1873 at 4,131. As of 2018, the number of breweries...

  • Aug 5
    2019
    August Social Image

    A few keystrokes on social media can have a powerful effect on your business. Did you know: Over 80 percent of potential guests read local business reviews before deciding where to eat. Nearly 70 percent trust online reviews as much as they trust...

Jul 2019

  • Jul 22
    2019

    Personalization is the buzzword of the 21st century. Everyone wants to feel like what they’re getting was made for them. Enter data-driven marketing. Data-driven marketing uses the information gathered from customer sales to personalize future...

  • Jul 14
    2019
    Richie Jackson headshot

    A lanky, disheveled, young staffer lurches toward our table in the Capitol Grill, (a.k.a. the center of the universe during legislative session, and most certainly not to be confused with The Capital Grille in Austin). He’s out of breath. “Richie,...

  • Jul 8
    2019

    Paid sick leave city ordinances and paid sick leave preemption on the state level have been front and center in the news. Three cities, Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas have passed local paid sick leave ordinances within the last year, with the San...

  • Jul 1
    2019
    Emily Knight and BJ Salter

    John Marshall High School Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Becky J. Salter is the latest recipient of the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s (TRAEF) Educator Excellence Award. Salter has 14 years of experience in family consumer...

Jun 2019

  • Jun 25
    2019

    In this recorded webinar, join TRA general counsel Kenneth Besserman and advocacy manager Rebecca Robinson in an informative, insightful, in-depth look at the 86th Legislative Session. Go behind-the-scenes with detailed bill analyses, an outline of...

  • Jun 25
    2019

    2nd Largest foodservice show in the US unites Texas restaurants – highlights education & technology (Austin, TX) – The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) Marketplace, the state’s largest restaurant industry event proudly returns to Houston on...

  • Jun 25
    2019

    (Austin, TX) – Restaurateurs Estella Martinez, owner of Matt's El Rancho in Dallas and Austin, Roger Lumley, owner of Papacita's of Tyler, and Mike Shine, owner of Frank's Americana Revival in Houston, will be inducted into the Texas Restaurant...

  • Jun 25
    2019

    Today is a special day for our industry – Bourdain Day. Anthony Bourdain, the chef whose writing brought to life the chaos and grime, but also the pride and beauty, of restaurants, passed away just over a year ago. Tragically, he became one of too...

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