News

  • Sep 6
    2016

    Gone to the Dogs — Making your outdoor restaurant patio ‘pet friendly’ can reap big rewards (Repost from TRA’s Restaurantville Magazine, September Issue) Dogs are man’s best friend, and increasingly, people are living life with their best friend...

  • Sep 6
    2016

    As a restaurant owner, one of the unique situations that you might come across in day-to-day restaurant operations is catering to those who have service animals. A service animal is defined as an animal that is individually trained to do work or...

  • Sep 6
    2016

    If you are an employer, you might have received a notice (or several) over the past month from the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace/Exchange. The notices are being issued to employers with employees who applied for Marketplace/Exchange coverage...

  • Aug 24
    2016
    Austin restaurant recycling

    Beginning Oct. 1, 2016 the very largest restaurants (>15,000 square feet) will be required to establish an organics diversion program. By Oct. 2017, restaurants greater than 5,000 square feet are subject to the requirement, and by Oct. 1, 2018...

  • Aug 23
    2016
    Health inspections and letter grades

    Many local health departments around the state have proposed posting letter grades in restaurant windows to reflect their health inspection score. While grades may initially appear useful to consumers, grading schemes unfortunately are not a...

  • Aug 22
    2016
    Russell Ybarra

    Being a TRA member has made a huge difference in my business by simply allowing me to network with other restaurateurs. For example, several years ago a very prominent and successful TRA member allowed me to tour his kitchen. While doing so, I...

  • Aug 10
    2016
    music licensing

    Performing rights organizations (PROs), such as BMI, SESAC, and others act as intermediaries between restaurants and songwriters to protect intellectual property and make licensing more cost-effective and convenient. Restaurants pay a fee to the...

  • Jul 18
    2016

      TRA Marketplace, Texas' largest foodservice show, generated over two tons of food over the course of two days, which was distributed to three local charities, via Second Servings® a Houston food rescue non-profit. It was the 79th year for the show...

  • Jul 15
    2016

    The latest craze to hit the U.S. tech market is an application called Pokemon Go! It's a game that requires the user to walk around and visit specific locations across the user's city to 'capture' Pokemon and attempt to collect them, along with...

  • Jul 13
    2016
    restaurant equipment

    Texas sales taxes geneally apply widely across many products and services, and it is one of the highest sales tax rates in the country. Becase restaurants are unique, involved in manufacturing, retail sales and services, taxes can become a pretty...

  • Jul 8
    2016

    The Texas Restaurant Association introduced several new officers and chapter presidents to continue the tradition of great leadership in the booming Texas restaurant industry. Texas restaurants remain pivotal in our state and region’s economic...

  • Jul 8
    2016

    Texas' foodservice industry served up a tremendous turnout for the largest event of the year, the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) Marketplace, June 26 and 27 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. In May, the show was announced as...

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