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NRA: Proposal Creates Unlevel Playing Field Between Restaurants and Grocery Stores

In a letter to lawmakers March 21, the National Restaurant Association and several restaurant companies said that H.R. 1249 would create an unlevel playing field between restaurants and other entities that serve restaurant food, such as chain grocery and convenience stores, by exempting those stores from providing uniform nutrition information to customers.

NRA Responds to Ruling to Overturn New York City Beverage Ban

The National Restaurant Association released the following statement about the decision by a New York state judge who struck down the New York City beverage ban March 11. The ruling by State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling in Manhattan came down just one day before the ban was supposed to take effect.

Immigration Reform on Track for 2013, NRA Says

The National Restaurant Association said it is encouraged that immigration reform is starting to gather momentum early in 2013.The Association also noted it is continuing to lobby for legislation that makes sense for restaurateurs and other small business owners.

Complying with the Costly Affordable Care Act

Restaurateurs are searching for ways to mitigate increased costs when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect in 2014 and any restaurant with 50 or more full-time employees is required by law to comply.

Liquor Laws are Utah’s Achilles’ Heel

On one hand, Utah presents like the proverbial promise land for enterprising restaurant operations. Surging population figures, a deep labor force, and the National Restaurant Association’s forecast of a 4.

Concealed Handguns in Restaurants Bill Introduced Again in N.C. General Assembly

On January 30, Representative Justin Burr (R-Stanly and Montgomery Counties) introduced House Bill 17 – Gun Permits/Restaurants and Confidentiality. If passed, the bill would allow persons who possess valid concealed handgun permits to bring their firearms into all restaurants and eating establishments, even those that serve alcohol.

The Discount Dilemma

If you discount it, they will come. That seems to be the mantra for restaurants taking advantage of Groupon, mobile coupons, and other discount tactics. But the big-money question is this: Will discounts attract loyal customers who come back again and again to dine at full price? And while special offers are an effective tool for driving traffic, they can cause collateral damage.

Minding Your Guests’ Manners

While keeping customers happy is a perpetual challenge in the restaurant industry, some operators have learned that success may come from making a few guests unhappy.Operators who pride themselves on hospitality advise establishing clear rules on guest behavior and empowering staff to enforce them.

National Council of Chain Restaurants Disappointed in EPA’s Decision on RFS Waiver

The National Council of Chain Restaurants issued the following statement November 16 from executive director Rob Green on the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to grant a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate:“We are very disappointed in the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to grant a waiver from the Renewable Fuel Standard ethanol mandate.

NRA Speaks Out Against Proposed Swipe Fee Antitrust Settlement

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) issued the following statement, expressing opposition to the terms contained within a proposed swipe fee antitrust settlement.“After careful and deliberative considerations, the National Restaurant Association Board of Directors’ Executive Committee decided unanimously to reject the proposed settlement agreement on interchange swipe fees,” says Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the NRA.

National Restaurant Association: Beverage Ban is Punitive to Restaurant Owners

The National Restaurant Association says a beverage ban approved September 13 by the NYC Board of Health unfairly targets restaurants, and is a misguided tactic to impact the obesity problem.“There is no scientific support that this beverage ban’s size and caloric limit will impact obesity rates,” says Joy Dubost, Ph.

NRA to N.Y. Health Board: Beverage Ban Ineffective

New York’s proposed beverage ban is a misguided and ineffective tactic against obesity and unfairly targets the restaurant industry, a leading job creator in New York City and nationwide, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) told the New York Department of Health in a public hearing on the proposal today.

Study Supports Need To Reform Ethanol Production Mandate

In response to a new economic study on the impact of corn ethanol production on food prices and commodity price volatility, a coalition of livestock and poultry groups is urging Congress to reform the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), which mandates the amount of ethanol that must be produced annually.