News: TRA

  • Mar 12

    In a public address, President Trump outlined an emergency economic plan for the country amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, including: 1. Instructing the Small Business Administration to provide low-interest loans to states, specifically small...

  • Mar 11
    Bartender pouring drinks

    The dram shop law makes it possible for a victim to sue an establishment for over-service of alcohol. But the most significant part of this Texas law is the “safe harbor” provision, which helps establishments that serve alcohol avoid civil...

  • Mar 9
    austin texas at night

    On March 6, 2020, Mayor Steve Adler declared Austin a local disaster area and issued an order that effectively canceled SXSW, the conference that brings in 280,000 people and $355 million to the local economy. Without that reliable source of revenue...

  • Jan 10

    AUSTIN, TX – Today the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) launches a resource center for restaurants to take immediate action against human trafficking in the state. provides downloadable signage for restaurant...

  • Jan 7

    Member Tip for the New Year: A new decade is upon us and we are all getting used to changing the dates from 2019 to 2020 on our checks, contracts and other legal and business documents. Most people are used to shortening dates on checks and legal...

  • Jan 3

    The Texas Restaurant Association strongly advocated for the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Tax (HIT) in the recently concluded Congressional session. We are proud to report that the HIT tax was finally repealed which will ...

  • Dec 18

    Congress 2019 Tax Agreement Update Yesterday, negotiations concluded between the White House and Congress on the assembly of a limited tax package that will be added to a spending bill. This legislation is expected to pass Congress and be signed...

  • Nov 22

    A San Antonio district judge has granted a temporary injunction on the San Antonio Sick and Safe Law which prevents the ordinance from taking effect on Dec. 1, 2019. The judge has asked the parties to prepare for a trial on the merits of the...

  • Nov 19

    Workplace harassment is a serious problem - and on the rise. Employers have one basic obligation to their workers - to provide a safe, working environment, free from discrimination and harassment. Failure to address the issue can not only affect the...

  • Nov 14
    dawn ann larios

    Longtime political strategist will drive SARA’s influence and focus on expanding the local membership base SAN ANTONIO, TX (November 14, 2019) -- The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) announces it has hired Dawn Ann Larios as Executive Director of...

  • Nov 12
    Former TRA President Mike Hamilton laid to rest 1961-2019

    Today our hearts are heavy as we lay to rest one of our fiercest advocates and dearest friends - TRA past president, and former state representative (2003-2012) – Mike “Tuffy” Hamilton. Best known for his beaming smile, sharp wit and never-ending...

  • Oct 2
    restaurant owner and chef happy about saving money

    Austin, TX (Wednesday, October 2, 2019) – The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA), the largest hospitality and foodservice advocate in the state, is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Dining Alliance and the Buyer’s Edge Platform....