• Abilene Chapter

Welcome to the Abilene Chapter of the TRA

West Texas Region

The Abilene Chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association works to promote growth of the local restaurant industry through networking, education and local advocacy. We are active in our communities, offering members opportunities to get involved.

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Gabe Stokes

2023 Abilene Chapter Chair

Born and raised in Abilene, Texas, Gabe started his career and passion for the food and restaurant industry 15 years ago at Sharon Riley’s Lytle Land and Cattle. In November of 2019, he was able to open hid own restaurant, The Local, in downtown Abilene. After 3 years of owning The Local, he sold his share of The Local and began working as the Territory Manager for Abilene with US Foods. His goals for the Abilene Chapter of the TRA closely aligns with one of their core US Foods tenets: “We Help You Make It!”. His hope is to create a network of local, independent restauranteurs and to help elevate the restaurant and service culture in Abilene via a grassroots effort.  


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