MRA and NRA impact tax reform legislation
January 18
Featured News

Each spring, Missouri Restaurant Association sends a sizable delegation to Washington as part of the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference. In the offices of Missouri’s U.S. senators and representatives, we have an opportunity to engage on issues of importance to the restaurant and hospitality industry.

MRA works to preserve 2% sales tax collection allowance
January 17
Featured News

When legislation was introduced in Jefferson City recently that contained a provision to repeal the allowance, MRA went to work. In conversations with sponsors of the legislation, MRA explained the origins of the allowance and its importance to the business community. 

2018 Inaugural and Awards Celebration
January 10
Featured News

On the evening of February 18, restaurateurs from across Missouri will convene in St. Louis for Missouri Restaurant Association’s Annual President’s Inaugural and Awards Celebration. 

United Healthcare addressing the diverse health care needs of the hospitality industry
January 03
Featured News

UnitedHealthcare works with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the Missouri Restaurant Association (MRA) in a strategic alliance, offering exclusive health care pricing and solutions for every size NRA/MRA member business — including small, midsize and large employers.

115th Congress delivers comprehensive tax reform package
December 28
Featured NewsUncategorized

The Act took shape at a breakneck pace over a two-month period, with the House passing its version of the bill on November 16 and the Senate passing its version on December 2. The two versions were then reconciled into a single piece of legislation which, due to a procedural complication, underwent a number of small revisions prior to final passage by the Senate and House.

Hospitality Program Expands to Meet Employer Demand for Educated Workers
December 05
Featured NewsState

The University of Missouri has long been home to farm-to-table scholarship. Now Mizzou’s successful hospitality management program is getting a refresh to meet growing demand for employees with college education. MU has retooled its online bachelor of science in hospitality management to create more opportunities for students in the management of all hospitality sectors, particularly in conferences & events, food & beverage sites, lodging facilities, and sports venues.

Missouri minimum wage increases to $7.85 on Jan. 1, 2018
December 05
Featured NewsGovernment AffairsState

Missouri’s minimum wage is subject to change each year based on changes in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, commonly known as CPI-W.  In November, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced the state minimum wage will increase 15 cents to $7.85 effective January 1, 2018. 

A Call for Judges
December 05
Featured NewsState

As we do every year, we are reaching out for help.  We need judges for the Culinary Competition and the Management Competition.  A required judges’ orientation will be held Thursday evening, February 15, at the Oasis.  The competition begins at 7:00 a.m. on Friday and runs until 4:00 p.m. 

NRA Releases “What’s Hot” Menu Trends in 2018
January 02
INDUSTRY NEWSNational News

Recently, the National Restaurant Association released its annual survey of 700 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation -  to predict food and beverage trends at restaurants in the coming year.  The annual “What’s Hot” list gives a peak into which food, beverages and culinary concepts will be the new items on restaurant menus that everyone is talking about in 2018.

ADA ‘Drive-By’ Lawsuits Target Hospitality Employers
May 23
National News

Across the country, plaintiffs’ attorneys are targeting restaurants, bars, and retail establishments to bring claims for technical violations of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is not unusual for a single individual to file 200 to 300 ADA lawsuits in a relatively short period of time. Yet often this individual was never a patron of the targeted establishments.

FDA to align menu-labeling compliance, enforcement
December 06
National News

The Food and Drug Administration said it would publish a final rule extending the compliance date for the federal government’s menu labeling regulation to May 5, 2017. The extension now aligns the compliance date with the regulation’s enforcement date.

GKCRA pledges support to Hire KC Youth Program
March 09
Chapter NewsFeatured NewsGreater Kansas City

Check out this awesome video from the folks at Hire KC Youth where they feature Kevin Timmons and the Kansas City Kitchen Cabinet. The Kitchen Cabinet has worked with Mayor Sly James to support his signature youth initiative and hire Kansas City youth over the summer.

Günter Hans Owner Lydia Melton  Named President of Mid-Missouri Restaurant Association
February 20
Chapter NewsMid-Missouri

Melton is an entrepreneur who opened her first bar at the age of 24. Having studied abroad in Belgium, she returned to find that many of the beers and treats she loved sampling while in Europe were unavailable

Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association assists local culinary program
February 09
Chapter NewsFeatured NewsGreater Kansas City

The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association (GKCRA), in conjunction with the Kansas City Kitchen Cabinet, presented the DeLaSalle Education Center with new culinary equipment to support its ProStart® program on February 7. The equipment, valued at $2,200, was made possible through a grant from the GKCRA to support the next generation of culinary leaders.

Missouri minimum wage increases to $7.85 on Jan. 1, 2018
December 05
Featured NewsGovernment AffairsState

Missouri’s minimum wage is subject to change each year based on changes in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, commonly known as CPI-W.  In November, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced the state minimum wage will increase 15 cents to $7.85 effective January 1, 2018. 

Update on the Federal Overtime Rule
September 02
Featured NewsGovernment Affairs

The Justice Department told the court it would rethink the minimum salary a worker must make before he is deemed “managerial” and not eligible for overtime pay. The Trump administration said in a Texas court filing that it would rewrite an Obama-era rulemaking that dramatically expanded the number of workers covered by federal overtime rules.

House won’t repeal debit swipe fee protections
June 01
Government Affairs

The Financial CHOICE Act, drafted by Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, initially sought to remove debit swipe fee protections. Originally passed as part of the Durbin Amendment in 2010, they provided relief to small businesses who’d been paying astronomical fees on every debit-card purchase a customer made.

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