News: TRA

  • 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 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 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...

  • 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...

  • May 31
    2019
    Texas Capitol Dome

    That’s a Wrap: Texas’ 86th Legislative Session by Kenneth Besserman & Rebecca Robinson In what is already been characterized as one of the most cordial sessions in Texas legislative history, there was no name-calling, partisan shouting matches,...

  • May 29
    2019

    At the close of 86th Texas Legislative Session on Memorial Day, more than 7,300 bills were filed, but less than a quarter of those (realistically more like 10-15%) will ultimately receive the Governor’s signature. TRA had a great session, with...

  • May 24
    2019

    Labor Law Preemption Update The 86th Legislative Session ends on Monday, May 27. While there were some important issues debated and legislated - from school finance to property tax reform to Hurricane Harvey relief, one of the most important...

  • May 9
    2019
    Emily Williams Knight

    (Austin, TX) – A proven leader who drives business success by investing in people and culture is taking the reins at the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA). Today the TRA has announced the appointment of Emily Williams Knight, Ed.D. as their new...

  • Apr 10
    2019

    On March 27, 2019, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation celebrated restaurant industry stars at the annual Restaurant Industry Awards, in Washington, DC.  The Texas Restaurant Association was proud to have one of its members,...

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