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Restaurant Roundtables


What is a Restaurant Roundtable?

In-district meetings with local restaurateurs afford a unique opportunity for lawmakers to learn about the restaurant industry. Experiencing first-hand the hard work that goes into a restaurant provides legislators with valuable insight into America’s second largest private-sector employer.

These meetings give owners and operators the opportunity to speak personally about their experience in the industry and how legislation affects restaurant operations and growth.

How do I host my own Restaurant Roundtable?

Hosting a Restaurant Roundtable is easy — and you will have plenty of support from the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and your state’s restaurant association (SRA). Here’s how it works:

  1. Contact the NRA and/or your SRA and let us know you are interested. We will work with you to secure a date and time for the Roundtable. Roundtables are usually held during off-times at restaurants, such as 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  2. Identify a date and location. Once determined, the NRA will provide logistical support and monitor attendance.
  3. Communicating with participants. The NRA will provide issue briefs, economic data and other important information to attendees in advance of the event.
  4. Show up!

14.4 million

The number of American workers employed by the restaurant industry.

1 million

The number of restaurants and foodservice outlets across the nation.

14.4 million

How many constituents are in your state?

To learn more or to host your own Restaurant Roundtable, please contact Jen Fox at jfox@restaurant.org or (202) 331-3673.