• Jun 25

    Today is a special day for our industry – Bourdain Day. Anthony Bourdain, the chef whose writing brought to life the chaos and grime, but also the pride and beauty, of restaurants, passed away just over a year ago. Tragically, he became one of too...

  • Jun 14

    Texas Restaurant Association Marketplace, the second largest foodservice show in the country unveils July 14 and 15 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Part trade show, part conference, all things restaurant - TRA Marketplace hosts...

  • May 31
    Texas Capitol Dome

    That’s a Wrap: Texas’ 86th Legislative Session by Kenneth Besserman & Rebecca Robinson In what is already been characterized as one of the most cordial sessions in Texas legislative history, there was no name-calling, partisan shouting matches,...

  • May 29

    At the close of 86th Texas Legislative Session on Memorial Day, more than 7,300 bills were filed, but less than a quarter of those (realistically more like 10-15%) will ultimately receive the Governor’s signature. TRA had a great session, with...

  • May 24

    Labor Law Preemption Update The 86th Legislative Session ends on Monday, May 27. While there were some important issues debated and legislated - from school finance to property tax reform to Hurricane Harvey relief, one of the most important...

  • May 9
    Emily Williams Knight

    (Austin, TX) – A proven leader who drives business success by investing in people and culture is taking the reins at the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA). Today the TRA has announced the appointment of Emily Williams Knight, Ed.D. as their new...

  • May 8

    With less than three weeks until the end of the Texas Legislative Session, we have updates on TRA's priority legislation and more! Alcohol delivery, BBQ, oyster farming, and employment regulations - check out our latest two-minute TRA News Now and...

  • Apr 17

    As the 86th Legislative Session lunges towards the May 27 deadline, TRA's legislative priorities are making headway. Our latest TRA News Now includes are mid-April updates. A current list may also be found on our advocacy page. Our top five...

  • Apr 10

    On March 27, 2019, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation celebrated restaurant industry stars at the annual Restaurant Industry Awards, in Washington, DC.  The Texas Restaurant Association was proud to have one of its members,...

  • Apr 9

    More than 30 Texas restaurateurs headed to our nation’s Capitol on March 27 and 28 to broaden legislative horizons and advocate for the industry at the 33rd annual National Restaurant Association Public Affairs Conference. Texas joined 600 industry...

  • Apr 2
    Green wine bottle with corks

    H.B. 3897 would allow a consumer to bring their own wine into a restaurant that has a mixed beverage permit. TRA has successfully opposed this concept in the past, most recently in 2011. At that time, it was the trigger issue that both engaged and...

  • Mar 28
    Restaurant Neighbor Award - State Winners

    Many restaurateurs work hard to give back to the communities that have supported them and now, TRA recognizes a select few who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. TRA is proud to announce its 2019 Restaurant Neighbor award state winners - ...