Best Practices: Labeling of “Gluten-Free” Menu Items and Allergen-Containing Menu Items
June 29
Featured News

While many restaurants wish to serve those who suffer from common food allergies, much care and consideration should take place before labeling an item as “free” from any particular allergen.

A Call for Donations: Support the NRA Restaurant Advocacy Fund
June 28
Featured News

Restaurants have an opportunity to advance the policy interests of America’s restaurant industry; however, time is of the essence.  MRA hereby requests donations of gift cards, or other items, to be assembled in baskets and sold in a July 31 silent auction to benefit the Restaurant Advocacy Fund (RAF).

Sales and Use Tax on Delivery Charges
June 28
Featured News

On May 12, 2017, the Missouri Legislature passed Senate Bill 16, which provides that usual and customary delivery charges that are stated separately from the sale price shall not be subject to sales and use taxes.

Thanks to Refrigeration & Kitchen Solutions, Inc.
April 20
Featured News

MRA tips its hat to Josh Hausgen, owner of Refrigeration and Kitchen Solutions, Inc., for placing MRA logos on the company’s service vans. RKS is an allied partner of Missouri Restaurant Association.

Nationally known contributor to speak at MRA meetings
April 12
Featured News

Noted contributor Michael Saltsman of the Employment Policies Institute will be in Missouri on June 5 and 6 to speak to MRA members in four cities. A former field economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Michael is uniquely qualified to disclose the truth behind the movement to raise the minimum wage and the consequences of extreme wage mandates.

As automation increases, so are jobs
June 07

Digital ordering leads to increases in order volumes, order sizes and customization. In turn, requires extra labor for production and quality control in Panera’s kitchens. The chain’s table service also requires employees, and in Panera outlets that offer delivery, drivers have been added to the payroll.

Our Industry is better at diversity, hiring exec says
February 22

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that currently, more than one out of 10, or 1.2 million, of all eating-and-drinking-place employees in the United States are African American, and that number is expected to grow. Restaurant companies are more intentional and better at recruiting minorities into their corporate ranks...

Restaurants serve up success for Missouri
February 15

In Missouri, restaurants employ 12 percent of the state’s workforce – over 295,600 people. We are an industry where a person can begin with no experience, no formal education, and reach the middle class. When you visit a restaurant, note what you see there. Our people and our foods are a reflection of what makes this nation so great.

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.

DOL issues final overtime rules
May 18
Government AffairsINDUSTRY NEWSNational News

Two clear examples of the industry’s influence in the rule are highlighted in the sections dealing with the “long” duties test and the bonuses. On the “long” duties test, the rule states that the “Department understands the concerns of employers and their advocates that prohibiting managers from ‘pitching-in’ could negatively affect the workplace.

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.

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.

Lawmakers seek joint-employer delay
April 12
Government Affairs

Fifty-seven legislators sent a letter April 5 to Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, and ranking member Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., asking them to include language in the Labor-HHS 2018 budget that would put a one-year hold on this “harmful and confusing new definition of joint employers.”

MRA Legislative Day a huge success
April 06
Featured NewsGovernment Affairs

Missouri Restaurant Association partners from across the state gathered in Jefferson City on April 4 for the annual MRA Legislative Day. Greg Hunsucker, owner of V’s Italiano Ristorante in Independence and chairman of MRA’s Government Relations and Public Policy Committee, welcomed attendees to the breakfast briefing and stressed the importance of MRA’s involvement in the legislative process.


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