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.
As he does every year, Hunsucker told the group that MRA’s constant presence in Jefferson City creates the positive climate for restaurant businesses in Missouri. “It is the single most important thing the association does for its partner restaurants,” he is fond of saying.
In all, the Association made more than 75 appointments with legislators to discuss MRA’s legislative priorities this session. Delegations from MRA chapters met with senators and representatives from their areas.
Legislation that MRA Supports. Click on the issue to read the related MRA position paper.
Following legislator meetings, MRA member restaurants hosted the Taste of Missouri in the Capitol rotunda. We are thankful for the following restaurants and allied partners who provided food, beverage, and other assistance.
Boulevard Brewing Co. – Kansas City
Colton’s Steak House & Grill – Jefferson City
Crown Linen Services – Mexico
Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbeque – Kansas City
Garozzo’s Ristorante – Kansas City
The Heidelberg – Columbia
Hickory Log – Dexter
HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Café – Columbia
Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen – Columbia, Kansas City
Lutz’s Famous Barbeque – Jefferson City, Columbia
Missouri Wine & Grape Board – Jefferson City
PepsiCo – Jefferson City
St. Louis Community College @ Forest Park – St. Louis
University Club of MU – Columbia
This much-anticipated event provides an opportunity for final discussions with legislators over dinner. Hundreds of legislators, staff and state workers lined up to be served.
In addition to speaking with legislators about issues affecting restaurants, we also educated them on the industry and why we are rightfully known as an Industry of Opportunity. Lastly, lest any legislator forgets, we left behind a reminder of where MRA stands on selected issues.