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Friday, August 26, 2016

It’s National Dog Day! Making your outdoor patio ‘pet friendly’ can reap big rewards

By Texas Restaurant Association
Courtesy of Katy Trail Ice House

Gone to the Dogs — Making your outdoor restaurant patio ‘pet friendly’ can reap big rewards (Repost from TRA’s Restaurantville Magazine, September Issue) Dogs are man’s best friend, and increasingly, people are living life with their best friend right by their sides. That includes hiking, driving, shopping — and eating. This puppy love is not going unnoticed by savvy retailers, many of whom are cashing in. Several large retail chains welcome well-behaved canines, including most Home Depot and Lowe’s locations, and eve
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Guidelines to Serving Patrons with Service Animals

By Texas Restaurant Association

As a restaurant owner, one of the unique situations that you might come across in day-to-day restaurant operations is catering to those who have service animals. A service animal is defined as an animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), state and local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve the public generally mus
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Monday, August 8, 2016

Got a Notice from the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace?

By Texas Restaurant Association

If you are an employer, you might have received a notice (or several) over the past month from the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace/Exchange. The notices are being issued to employers with employees who applied for Marketplace/Exchange coverage and determined eligible for health care tax subsidies. Why are these notices important? Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers with 50 or more full time equivalents (FTEs), are required to make an offer of affordable, minimum value health care coverage to employees who average 30 or more hour
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

TRA Welcomes New Officers

By Texas Restaurant Association

The Texas Restaurant Association introduced several new officers and chapter presidents to continue the tradition of great leadership in the booming Texas restaurant industry. Texas restaurants remain pivotal in our state and region’s economic growth and job creation, with projected sales of $52.4 billion and employment of over 1.2 million people. TRA’s 2016-17 President Tap Bentz has been an active member of the Texas Restaurant Association since 1994. He served as chairman of the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, presiden
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Monday, July 18, 2016

TRA partners with Second Servings® of Houston at TRA Marketplace

By Texas Restaurant Association

  TRA Marketplace, Texas’ largest foodservice show, generated over two tons of food over the course of two days, which was distributed to three local charities, via Second Servings® a Houston food rescue non-profit. It was the 79th year for the show, which took place on June 26 and 27 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) partnered with Second Servings® of Houston, a fast-growing, non-profit organization that rescues excess prepared food from hotels, restaurants, caterers, retailers, conventio
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Friday, July 15, 2016

How to ride the Pokémon Go phenomenon as a restaurant owner

By Texas Restaurant Association

The latest craze to hit the U.S. tech market is an application called Pokémon Go! It’s a game that requires the user to walk around and visit specific locations across the user’s city to ‘capture’ Pokémon and attempt to collect them, along with other items like poke balls, eggs, potions and more. Whether or not you are familiar with game details, and regardless of your desire to collect the creatures yourself, you can capitalize on this now-epic movement. People are flocking to businesses of all kinds to gather the little cartoon crit
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Friday, July 8, 2016

79th Annual TRA Marketplace spotlighted trends, technology

By Wendy Woodland
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Texas’ foodservice industry served up a tremendous turnout for the largest event of the year, the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) Marketplace, June 26 and 27 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. In May, the show was announced as one of the nation’s top 25 fastest-growing shows in attendance by the Trade Show News Network (TSNN), a leading trade show industry authority. In its 79th year, the TRA Marketplace is part tradeshow, part conference, with over 500 exhibiting companies participating, showcasing everything from arti
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Wayne Kostroski founder of Taste of the NFL comes to TRA Marketplace SUNDAY

By Texas Restaurant Association
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Wayne Kostroski, 2010 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year, is the founder of the Taste of the NFL, a non-profit organization that raises awareness and dollars for hunger relief. Now entering its 24th year, the Taste of the NFL has distributed more than $15 million for local and national food banks across America. Wayne will speak at TRA Marketplace in Houston on the TIPS Stage this Sunday about giving back to your community and how it translates to better business. We interviewed Wayne about what attendees can expect to hear from him this year
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