National Restaurant Association
|Legal status||501(c)(6) trade association|
|Purpose||To serve its members by advancing and protecting America's restaurant and food service industry with the goals to build industry influence, build industry image, and build industry engagement.|
|Headquarters||2055 L Street NW,|
Washington, D.C. 20036, U.S.
|Melvin Rodrique |
|Subsidiaries||National Restaurant Association Solutions LLC,|
National Registry of Food Safety Professionals Inc,
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (501(c)(3)),
National Restaurant Association Military Foundation (501(c)(3)),
Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance (501(c)(3)),
Restaurant Law Center (501(c)(6)),
National Restaurant Association Services LLC
|Affiliations||NRA Political Action Committee (PAC)|
The National Restaurant Association is a restaurant industry business association in the United States, representing more than 380,000 restaurant locations. It also operates the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The association was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
The National Restaurant Association, widely referred to as "the other NRA" to distinguish itself from National Rifle Association, which shares the initialism, is a powerful lobbying force in Washington, DC and in state capitals. The association advocates to retain the minimum wage in the United States as well as laws requiring paid sick leave. In July 2013, it boasted that it had successfully lobbied against raises in the minimum wage, in part or in full, in 27 of 29 states and blocked paid sick leave legislation in 12 states. It also takes credit for halting any increase in the federal minimum wage for tipped employees, which has remained at $2.13 per hour since 1991. (The federal "basic combined cash & tip minimum wage rate" is $7.25 per hour).
The NRA supported the Fighting Hunger Incentive Act of 2014 (H.R. 4719; 113th Congress), a bill that would amend the Internal Revenue Code to make permanent extend and to expand certain expired provisions that provided an enhanced tax deduction for businesses that donated their food inventory to charitable organizations. The NRA argued that "the deduction for charitable donation of food inventory is a critical tool in alleviating hunger" because it "encourages donating the food to charity, by helping to offset the costs associated with preserving, storing and transporting the extra food."
The National Restaurant Association develops food safety training and certification program for restaurant employees. It also offers scholarships to foodservice and hospitality management and culinary students through NRAEF, and it runs a national program for high school students. The NRA also presents a series of awards, including the Faces of Diversity, the American Dream Awards, and the Restaurant Neighbor Award. 
It runs an annual restaurant and hospitality industry trade show in the US, in Chicago, and conducts research about the country's restaurant industry. For instance, it states that the restaurant industry in the US and is growing rapidly and now employs 12.9 million Americans in 970,000 locations, with sales in 2012 expected to reach $632 billion.
The National Restaurant Association also helps restaurant owners increase their environmental sustainability efforts.
In addition, the National Restaurant Association teamed up with Healthy Dining to launch Kids LiveWell, a program that helps restaurants increase healthful options on kids' menus and makes it easy for parents to find those options when dining out.
The association works closely with its state restaurant and hospitality association partners and provides its members with tools and solutions to improve their business. It also organizes conferences and networking events for its members. There are six membership categories: Restaurant, Allied, Faculty, Student, Nonprofit, and International.
The association lobbies for the restaurant and foodservice industry and represents the industry on Capitol Hill. It was the largest food and beverage political action committee contributor to both the U.S. Democratic and Republican Parties in the 2004 election cycle.
- Biff Naylor, past president
- Dawn Sweeney, president and chief executive officer, 2007–2019
- Doron Jensen, past president of the Minnesota Restaurant Association, 2000–2001
- Herman Cain, president, 1996–1999
- Marvin Irby, interim CEO, 2020–present
- Ransom M. Callicott, association president, 1949
- Richard Brennan, Sr., board member, affiliated with Brennan Family Restaurants, based in New Orleans
- Victor Rosellini (1915–2003), past president
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- Jamieson, Dave (June 2, 2012). "Minimum Wage For Restaurant Servers Remains Stagnant For 20 Years Under Industry Lobbying". The Huffington Post. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
- Mark Fiore (May 14, 2014). “Hard to Stomach”. Moyers & Company. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
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- "CBO - H.R. 4719". Congressional Budget Office. 5 June 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
- DeFife, Scott. "Letter to Congressman Reed". National Restaurant Association. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
- Levine, Marianne; Lippman, Daniel; Evich, Helena Bottemiller (June 15, 2018). "Top lobbyist for restaurant group departs amid internal discord". Politico.
It has pushed for repeal of the National Labor Relations Board’s so-called joint employer standard, but the Obama administration’s standard, which broadened the scope under which a franchiser could be held liable for labor law violations of a franchisee, remains in place. The group hasn’t been able to wrangle enough votes in favor of a Senate bill that would repeal the standard nor was it able to attach the repeal onto the most recent omnibus spending bill.
- ServSafe Food Safety ServSafe Food Safety website.
- ProStart ProStart website.
- "Restaurant Industry Awards - National Restaurant Association". Archived from the original on March 2, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
- NRA Show NRA Show website
- Conserve: Solutions for Sustainability Conserve: Solutions for Sustainability website.
- Kids LiveWell Kids LiveWell website.
- State restaurant associations.
- State restaurant associations State restaurant associations.
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- "Food & Beverage PAC Contributions to Federal Candidates, 2003-2004". OpenSecrets. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
- Frumkin, Paul (May 14, 2013). "NTSB proposes lowering legal blood alcohol limit for driving; Restaurant industry associations oppose the proposed reduction from 0.08 to 0.05". Nation's Restaurant News. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
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- Cain, Herman. This Is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House, Appendix B (2011)
- Romeo, Peter (December 19, 2019). "National Restaurant Association Names Marvin Irby Interim CEO". Restaurant Business Online. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
- "Chief financial officer National Restaurant Association | National Restaurant Association". restaurant.org.
- Ko, Michael (January 11, 2003). "Seattle restaurant legend Victor Rosellini dies at 87". Seattle Times. Retrieved October 24, 2014.