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May is Military Appreciation Month
27 Apr
2016
Written by MRA

May is Military Appreciation Month »

The restaurant industry has always recognized that skills learned while serving in the armed forces are good predictors of success in the industry. Veterans employed in restaurants hold management positions at nearly twice the rate of non-veterans in the industry.

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31st Annual Taste of Mid-Missouri
10 Feb
2016
Written by MRA

31st Annual Taste of Mid-Missouri »

You’ll sample delectable bites from over 30 area restaurants, with a variety of delicious beverages from our many local distributors, all in the comfort of Mizzou’s University Club in the Alumni Center. Parking is available across the street at the Turner Avenue garage.

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5 tips for food service during winter emergencies
27 Jan
2016
Written by MRA

5 tips for food service during winter emergencies »

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

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Two snowmen walk into a bar …
14 Dec
2015
Written by MRA

Two snowmen walk into a bar … »

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.

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Restaurant job growth firm despite tighter labor market
8 Dec
2015
Written by MRA

Restaurant job growth firm despite tighter labor market »

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

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Consumers: Be more transparent to keep our business
1 Dec
2015
Written by MRA

Consumers: Be more transparent to keep our business »

According to a Center for Food Integrity study, skepticism of big restaurant chains and food-producing companies is increasing. Consumer trust would improve if the companies were more transparent about their business practices, policies and performance.

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BUILD SALES BY ENGAGING YOUR GUESTS
14 Oct
2015
Written by MRA

BUILD SALES BY ENGAGING YOUR GUESTS »

93 percent of consumers believe it is extremely important to feel welcome and comfortable in a restaurant. I’ve eaten in plenty of quick service restaurants. Often I’m greeted with “Hi” and a stare, or perhaps just a stare. The “Hi” part is okay, but the stare freaks me out.

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Hispanics find opportunities in restaurants
5 Oct
2015
Written by MRA

Hispanics find opportunities in restaurants »

The statistics on Hispanic restaurant ownership are particularly exciting. Hispanic ownership of restaurants is far outpaced our overall industry, which provides more opportunity for ownership than just about any other industry. From 1997 to 2007, U.S. Census Bureau data reveals that the number of Hispanic-owned restaurants increased by 80 percent in comparison to 36 percent for all restaurants.

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Scott Knopfel Memorial Dine-out
9 Sep
2015
Written by MRA

Scott Knopfel Memorial Dine-out »

The Scott Knopfel Memorial Dine-Out will celebrate a legacy of service and provide a scholarhip to a Greater St. Louis Area student. Participating St. Louis Area restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds from that day towards the scholarship fund.

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Stopping restaurant theft: Advice from law enforcement
8 Jun
2015
Written by MRA

Stopping restaurant theft: Advice from law enforcement »

Craig Whitfield draws on a decade of experience investigating internal theft at restaurants in his book, "Guess Who's Eating Your Profits: The Manager's Essential Guide to Restaurant and Bar Loss Prevention and Investigations." The book serves as a guide to restaurateurs, offering advice about how to identify, investigate and prosecute employees who might be stealing from their business.

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