A Call for Judges
February 03
Featured News

We need Floor Judges, Tasting Judges, and Knife Skills Judges for the Culinary Competition and Critical Thinking & Verbal Presentation Judges for the Management Competition. A required 45-minute judges’ orientation will be held Thursday evening, February 18, at the Oasis.

FICA Tip Credit Important for Restaurants
January 27
Featured News

As the filing season begins for tax returns of 2014 income, MRA reminds restaurants to take advantage of the FICA Tip Credit. Available only to owners of food and beverage establishments, it can save a restaurant owner thousands of dollars per year.

Minimum Wage Rulings Appealed to Supreme Court
January 20
Featured News

Missouri needs one statewide standard for minimum wage and not a confusing patchwork of local laws, MRA worked alongside a coalition of business groups to oppose the attempts to enact a local wage ordinance in Kansas City and St. Louis City.

Floods of Late 2015
January 13
Featured NewsNews ReleaseUncategorized

"We are grateful for the support the Missouri Restaurant Association has given us during this disaster response. Popeye's, Red Lobster, Outback, Firehouse Subs, and Burger King have all donated generously to support our volunteers"

Attracting the Right Talent to Super-charge Performance
January 06
Featured NewsUncategorized

Q: Recently, I've filled a few position openings that were vacant for quite some time. The people I've hired don't seem to stick around and actually do more damage than good. With the labor pool tightening, what are the best ways to attract the right talent?

5 tips for food service during winter emergencies
January 27
Chapter NewsState

During extreme weather events, make sure you're prepared for an emergency that could alter business practices. Here are five useful safety tips...

GKCRA Centennial Anniversary
December 17
Greater Kansas CityState

The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association (GKCRA) was established in 1916, when three visionary restaurateurs, Myron Green, George Fowler, and Guy Taylor began meeting in the basement of Myron Green’s Cafeteria in Kansas City, MO.

Missouri minimum wage won’t increase on Jan. 1, 2016
December 09
Featured NewsStateUncategorized

In November, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced the state minimum wage will remain at $7.65 per hour for 2016. The minimum cash wage paid to employees who receive tips will remain at the present $3.825 per hour, or one-half of the minimum wage.

QSR’s innovation in the face of rising operational costs
January 26
INDUSTRY NEWSNational News

QSRs are embracing new electronic ordering technologies, rethinking ideas of what constitutes a perfect employee, finding new ways of connecting with local communities, responding to pricing realities and developing an entirely new approach to employee advancement.

2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans released
January 12
BlogNational NewsUncategorized

This week the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture released the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines inform the development of the U.S.’s food nutrition policy and provide recommendations to Americans about the food and beverages they consume.

7 critical skills every assistant manager should master
December 16
BlogINDUSTRY NEWSNational News

An effective AM is like the blank in Scrabble; use her or him on any challenge and suddenly you’ve solved your problem. Pair an experienced GM with an organized and productive assistant manager, and any shift will be profitable despite the challenges, volume or situations. Here are the seven critical skills necessary to best develop your assistant managers and shift leaders so they can help take business to the next level.

5 tips for food service during winter emergencies
January 27
Chapter NewsState

During extreme weather events, make sure you're prepared for an emergency that could alter business practices. Here are five useful safety tips...

Two snowmen walk into a bar …
December 14
Chapter NewsNational NewsUncategorized

Sharpen your responsible alcohol service skills with the latest version of our "Serving it Up with ServSafe" game. Compete against your friends in timed quizzes, and earn bragging rights with our leader board.

Restaurant job growth firm despite tighter labor market
December 08
Chapter NewsGovernment AffairsUncategorized

Although restaurants continued to expand payrolls at a steady pace in November, there are indications that the labor pool is becoming shallower. As the economy nears full employment and teen participation in the labor force remains dampened, the industry’s labor challenges are likely to intensify in the near future, according to the NRA

How will tax changes provide more certainty for restaurants?
January 04
Government Affairs

The NRA and its members have been working for years to secure Congress’s support for many of the provisions in this legislation. By making important tax credits and deductions permanent or by extending them for longer periods, Congress has finally ended a year-by-year "tax extenders" process.

Restaurant job growth firm despite tighter labor market
December 08
Chapter NewsGovernment AffairsUncategorized

Although restaurants continued to expand payrolls at a steady pace in November, there are indications that the labor pool is becoming shallower. As the economy nears full employment and teen participation in the labor force remains dampened, the industry’s labor challenges are likely to intensify in the near future, according to the NRA

New rules simplify remodeling deductions
December 08
Government AffairsNational NewsUncategorized

After years of discussions with the National Restaurant Association, restaurant companies and retailers, the IRS last month issued IRS Revenue Procedure 2015-56. The procedure provides a safe harbor method of accounting for costs incurred by qualified restaurateurs and retailers during their business’ remodels, repairs and refresh projects.

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