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Webinar: Healthcare Reform in the Restaurant Industry: 5 Steps to Take in 2014 - Date: 5/7/2014
Watch this webinar now to learn about the Affordable Care Act and how it impacts restaurants. The presentation will guide you through the following five action steps:

1.Determine how the Affordable Care Act applies to your business
2.Identify and evaluate potential compliance strategies
3.Select and implement a strategy
4.Evaluate your ability to comply with reporting requirements
5.Identify resources
NRA Announces New Login Feature - Date: 8/1/2012
The National Restaurant Association is excited to announce that in conjunction with the launch of the new NRA store at Restaurant.org/Store, there is a new login feature that allows members to create their own username and password. All members should receive an email with a personalized link; upon clicking the link, the site will prompt you to select a username and password. To complete this process, the password will need to have at least six characters, and it is good practice to include at least one uppercase letter and one number. Please feel free to contact the NRA Call Center at 855-514-8115 with questions around creating a username and password.
Hospitality Leadership Day 2012 - Date: 1/20/2012
Please, Join Us! Mark your calendars - its time to stand up for the issues affecting your business. Join us at Hospitality Leadership Day 2012 Wednesday, February 15 and make a difference!
Indiana Restaurant Association is proud to support Share Our Strength's Dine Out For No Kid Hungry - Date: 7/13/2011
This national event brings together thousands of restaurants and millions of consumers to help make sure no child in America grows up hungry. We invite you to join us in the fight to end childhood hunger in America from September 18-24, 2011.
America's Restaurants: Industry of Opportunity - Date: 3/4/2011

As the second largest private-sector employer in the country, America's restaurants are an economic force, but that statistic doesn't fully tell the story of the millions of individuals who are living the American Dream by working in our industry. This video captures a few poignant stories that help tell the 'Industry of Opportunity' story.
Food for thought: When you support America's restaurants, you support opportunity - Date: 2/1/2011

Despite a sluggish economy, America's restaurants are growing opportunities. In the past five years, women owners have increased by 28 percent, Hispanic owners by 30 percent and African-American owners by 77 percent.

When you support America's restaurants -- as a patron or a legislator -- you support millions of jobs and help move our economy forward.
In Memoriam: Kermit Burrous - Date: 6/10/2010
June 16 Webinar: Encryption, Data Security and PCI Compliance - Date: 6/2/2010
Join Heartland Payment Systems for a webinar on Encryption, Data Security and PCI Compliance on June 16 from 3:00PM-4:00PM. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/916814145
HHC has several great restaurant-focused sessions for 2010! - Date: 3/5/2010
The Hoosier Hospitality Conference showcases the power of the hospitality industry. All aspects of the industry are here to learn, network, and have a good time with others who also work in this exciting business.
The Indiana Restaurant Association (IRA) recognized Scott Wise of Scottys Brewhouse, as their 2009 Restaurateur of the Year recipient at their 75th Anniversary Celebration held Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at the Skyline Club in downtown Indianapolis.
Leading Restaurant Nutrition Initiative HealthyDiningFinder.com Launches Redesigned, Expanded Online Resource - Date: 4/2/2009
Cost Cutting Solutions for Restaurants - Date: 4/2/2009
Study: E-mail Campaigns Drive Store Choice, Retail Shopping Behavior - Date: 4/2/2009
The receipt of permission-based e-mail makes shoppers more likely to do business with a retailer, in addition to generating a more favorable opinion of the retailer and even a stronger sense of loyalty to that brand, according to the latest Epsilon research.
Top Cornell Hospitality Quarterly Article of 2007 Examines Revenue Consequences of Satisfied Restaurant Customers - Date: 4/2/2009
Health Plan Pays Off in Recruitment, Retention, Productivity - Date: 4/2/2009
Economic Ranking of All 50 States - Date: 4/2/2009
Restaurant Industry Outlook Remains Uncertain as Restaurant Performance Index Stood Below 100 for 16th Consecutive Month - Date: 4/2/2009
Get Paid for Doing Great Work in your Community - Date: 4/2/2009
High school students face off at Indiana ProStart Student Invitational - Date: 4/2/2009
Share Our Strength Great American Dine Out Raises $500,000 to Fight Childhood Hunger - Date: 4/2/2009
Hcareers Announces Free Internship Postings for Employers - Date: 4/2/2009
Hospitality Job Fair 2008 a Big Success! - Date: 2/18/2009
Newly elected officers of the IDRHA are ready for a new year - Date: 2/17/2009
NRA Hotel-Motel Show® and International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event - Date: 2/17/2009
2009 Taste of Indiana A Success - Date: 2/17/2009
Upcoming Hoosier Hospitality Conference Boasts New Topics and National Speakers - Date: 2/17/2009
Restaurant Industry Unites to End Childhood Hunger - Date: 7/28/2008
National Restaurant Association Launches Restaurant Action Network - Date: 7/28/2008
National Restaurant Association Launches Conserve Initiative to Educate and Inspire Restaurants to "Go Green" - Date: 7/28/2008
Restaurant operator's reported positive sales in May; Expectations Index fell to record low - Date: 7/28/2008
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BMI Offers Online Payment Option - Date: 5/19/2008
BMI is pleased to announce a new benefit for IRA licensed members.
Economic Stimulus Package Small Business Benefits - Date: 5/19/2008
As you know, Congress passed an economic stimulus bill in response to the slowing economy.
Inspiring Community - Date: 5/19/2008
Win $5,000 through the Tenth Annual Restaurant Neighbor Award for Community Service.
Restaurant Industry Outlook Softens as the Restaurant Performance Index Declined in March - Date: 5/19/2008
The outlook for the for the restaurant industry continued to weaken in March, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity fell sharply.
Be Recognized for your Diversity Efforts - Date: 10/31/2007
IRS Warns of New e-Mail Scam Offering Cash for Participation in “Member Satisfaction Survey” - Date: 10/31/2007
National Restaurant Association Names Dawn Sweeney President and CEO - Date: 10/31/2007
National Restaurant Association Announces New Beverage Alcohol Event at Annual Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® - Date: 10/31/2007
Purdue Receives Gift For New Hospitality, Tourism Building - Date: 10/31/2007
Receive a Free copy of the NRA Restaurant Industry Operations Report - Date: 6/19/2007
Take the National Restaurant Association 2007 Restaurant Industry Operations Survey.

You will receive a free copy of the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Industry Operations Report 2007 -- the single most widely recognized source of industry operating data available -- simply by taking a few minutes to complete the survey. You will also receive a free copy of your state or regional report (sample size permitting) as well as a chance to win one $500 American Express® Gift Card in a random drawing. The information you submit will be kept strictly confidential and will be used only by Deloitte & Touche in compiling totals for the report.


· Download a copy of the survey (PDF)

· Take the survey online
Make an Impact Today! - Date: 5/16/2007
Restaurateurs have a reputation for being some of the most generous people in the privately owned sector of business. They feed the hungry, are a staple in supporting youth sports and play a huge part in contributing to the communities in which they thrive.

Restaurant Industry Finished 2006 on a Strong Note as Restaurant Performance Index Hit a Six-Month High - Date: 2/23/2007
National Restaurant Association Membership Reaches Record Restaurant Locations in 2006

- Date: 2/23/2007

Know anyone who isn’t an RHAI member or interested in becoming a member yourself? - Date: 7/31/2006
Don’t miss out on countless ways to save valuable time and money. Join the Restaurant & Hospitality Association of Indiana and take advantage of our many member benefits and services.

The Restaurant & Hospitality Association of Indiana serves, promotes and represents Indiana’s restaurant and hospitality industry. By joining the RHAI, not only are you protecting your industry, but you will also enjoy real bottom line savings!

Member Benefits Include:

• Professional Lobbying Staff who advocate on behalf of your industry
• Discounts on educational seminars and materials such as ServSafe
• Monthly & Quarterly Publications
• Hoosier Hospitality Educational Conference
• Networking Opportunities
• Assistance with tax issues
• Access to our library of industry related books, videos, articles, etc.
• Discounted Group Health & Life Insurance
• Discounted Property and Casualty/Workers’ Compensation Insurance
• Discounted Credit Card Processing & Payroll Processing

Have questions about membership? Contact Diana Shapiro or Lori Stearns at 317-673-4211, 800-678-1957(toll-free) or e-mail info@indianarestaurants.org or visit us online at http://indianarestaurants.org.
Golf Outing Enjoyed by Record Numbers - Date: 7/31/2006
RHAI members and suppliers were awarded with sunny skies at this year's golf outing held July 25th at the Legends Golf Course in Franklin, Indiana...

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RHAI Launches Blog - Date: 7/31/2006
RHAI joins the cyber world of business with the launch of its new Voice of Indiana Hospitality Business Blog...

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Nominate Indy’s Best and Brightest - Date: 6/12/2006
The 3rd annual Indy’s Best and Brightest lunch presented by KPMG honors 100 of central Indiana’s most outstanding young professionals age 40 and under. Nominations are being taken on www.indysbestandbrightest.com for 10 different categories. The deadline for nominations is July 21. The lunch will be held on September 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The keynote speaker will be Mark Cuban, owner of NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and co-founder of HDNet. Visit www.indysbestandbrightest.com for more details on the event. Please contact Marni Kwiatkowski at (317) 252-5900 ext. 215 or marni@jaindy.org with any questions.
RHAI Officers Continue In Reign - Date: 5/23/2006
Board priorities – challenging governmental demands, service to members
During the RHAI Annual Meeting, held on May 9, directors were re-elected, new directors were appointed and vacancies were filled. More...
Restaurant Industry Raises More Than $12 Million for American Red Cross Hurricane Relief, Indiana efforts top $21,000 - Date: 4/12/2006
The National Restaurant Association and the American Red Cross announced recently that the restaurant industry raised more than $12 million through Dine for America, a nationwide "dine out" day, and other industry efforts for the Red Cross to help those impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Specifically, Indiana restaurants raised a total of $21,705.
The Eighth Annual Restaurant Neighbor Award Provides Chance to Win $5,000 for Community Projects. You Could Win! - Date: 4/12/2006
Restaurants are the cornerstones of our communities – a place of refuge and relaxation, a spot to find friends, a destination to discover a new culinary experience. Whether you operate a large, multi-unit operation, a small family-owned eatery or an upscale urban restaurant, chances are your restaurant is involved in community outreach. Today, nine out of 10 restaurants across the country are helping the communities in which they operate. This commitment to local communities inspired the National Restaurant Association, and founding partner American Express, to create the Restaurant Neighbor Award—an annual award program that honors restaurants that have excelled in the field of community service and involvement. More...
Walker Career Center to Represent Indiana in National ProStart Competition - Date: 3/14/2006
Walker Career Center, a repeat winner of the Indiana ProStart Competition will join 32 other states to compete at the fifth annual National ProStart Student Invitational, April 30-May 2, 2006, in Charlotte, N.C. This rigorous competition brings together teams of students that won first place in their state culinary and/or management competitions to compete for the national title as well as scholarships for post-secondary education. Kokomo Area Career Center will represent Indiana in the Management Competition.
Nominations for 2006 Spirit Awards Now Being Accepted - Date: 3/14/2006
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and Nation’s Restaurant News, along with founding sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, are now accepting nominations for the 2006 SPIRIT Awards. The awards program honors those restaurant and foodservice establishments who, through their recruitment, training and retention programs, truly understand that enhancing employee satisfaction ultimately leads to improved guest satisfaction. The program, now in its second year, has been met with wide acclaim throughout the industry.
State Level Operations Report - Date: 2/28/2006
Many times you have asked for a State Level Restaurant Industry Operations Report....here is your chance to obtain one.

The NRA will compile an Indiana specific operations report if we can provide them with enough surveys for a usable sample. The survey will take less than 5 minutes.

Please, fill out this confidential survey and mail it by March 31, 2006 using the postage-paid self mailer. Download the survey.

For your responses, you will receive:

  • A FREE copy of the 2006 NRA Restaurant Industry Operations Report
  • FREE copies of our state and regional reports
  • A FREE six-month subscription to NRA' s Restaurant Trendmapper
Remember, if we don't have enough response to the survey, we will not be able to generate a State Level Operations Report. Encourage everyone to participate.
RHAI Promotes Disability Awareness Month 2006 - Date: 2/15/2006
March 2006 is Disability Awareness Month, and RHAI, along with individuals, businesses and organizations across the state, will be recognizing the abilities of people with disabilities. The Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities has created a new campaign to help educate Hoosiers about the issues surrounding disability.
Hospitality Professionals Connect at the Capitol - Date: 2/15/2006
Amidst the bustling of the Indiana State House on February 2, over 75 hospitality professionals from across the state and 115 legislators mingled over St. Elmo shrimp, LaSalle Grill mashed potatoes, Circle City Bar Grille Chop Salad and cuisine from 16 other Indiana restaurants and hotels.
RHAI Hires New Lobbyist for Legislative Session - Date: 1/16/2006
RHAI has recently retained a new lobbyist Connie J. Vickery to represent your interests in the 2006 legislative session.
RHAI Receives RedCross
Certificate of Achievement - Date: 1/16/2006

The American Red Cross recently awarded the Restaurant & Hospitality Association of Indiana with a Certificate of Achievement in recognition of their efforts during the Hurricane Katrina crisis.
2006 Restaurant Industry Forecast:
Indiana sales to increase 3.8% - Date: 1/16/2006

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) recently released the 2006 Restaurant Industry Forecast which shows that industry sales nationwide are projected to reach a record $511 billion, a 5.1 percent increase over last year. Indiana’s restaurant sales are projected to increase by 3.8 percent in 2006, with the state’s restaurant industry workforce projected to increase approximately 1.3 percent in 2006.
Employment Eligibility Form I-9, Revised - Date: 11/15/2005
A new version of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form is now available. When completing paperwork on new hires, employers may use the new version, which is dated 5/31/05, or the previous version, which is dated 11/21/91.
Restaurant Operators Remain Optimistic About Growth Despite Challenging Energy Environment - Date: 11/15/2005
As the impact of hurricanes and gas prices continue to linger, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index edged down in September. The Association's Restaurant Performance Index - a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry - stood at 100.2 in September, down 0.2 percent from a level of 100.4 in August.
Top U.S. Chefs to Compete for Spots on World Renowned Culinary Team at 2006 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show - Date: 11/15/2005
The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), has partnered with the National Restaurant Association to host ACF Culinary Team USA 2008 tryouts at the Association's 2006 Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show, which will be held May 20-23 in Chicago. Candidates, vying for spots on the team that will represent the United States in culinary competitions around the world, will be demonstrating extraordinary culinary skills to the 2006 Show attendees.
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Awards Scholarship to Indiana ProStart Student - Date: 10/17/2005
RHAI is proud to announce that Jonathan Knoy from Columbus North High School, Columbus, IN, was awarded a $2,000 National ProStart Certificate of Achievement Scholarship by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).
Restaurateurs Traveled from 49 States to Attend the NRA's 2005 Public Affairs Conference in Washington - Date: 10/17/2005
September 12-13, more than 700 restaurateurs traveled to Washington D.C. to get involved in the political process at the 2005 National Restaurant Association Public Affairs Conference. Attendees got an insiders view of the workings of our government, met key lawmakers who shape the policies that impact the restaurant industry and had a chance to express their views on the latest significant issues facing the industry.
Enter the 2006 Souper Bowl Saturday at City Market - Date: 10/17/2005
Presented by Aramark, the Souper Bowl competition will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at City Market and is open to professional cooks/chefs only.
Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption Aims to Place 8,000 to 10,000 Foster Care Children in Permanent Homes - Date: 10/17/2005
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is launching a groundbreaking initiative to dramatically improve opportunities for children to move more quickly through the adoption process. This national program, called Wendy’s® Wonderful Kids, funds adoption recruiters focused exclusively on finding permanent homes for foster care children.
17,000+ Restaurants Participate in Dine for America to Raise - Date: 10/17/2005
Restaurants across the country banded together on October 5th for "Dine for America" day, a national fundraising effort to support the America Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and help those affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
RHAI Members Continue to Provide Hurricane Relief Support - Date: 10/17/2005
RHAI Member in the News - Date: 10/17/2005
Shapiro’s featured in Inside Indiana Business
RHAI President John Livengood and Other RHAI Members Appointed to Indiana Tourism Council - Date: 10/17/2005
Indiana Tourism Council appointees have been named for the 2005-06 calendar year and our very own RHAI President, John Livengood and a few other RHAI members are some of them. RHAI members now on the Tourism Council include John Chidester, Holiday World, Santa Claus; Tom Spackman, Jr., Indiana Beach, Monticello; Bob Bedell, Indianapolis Convention & Visitor's Bureau, Indianapolis; Randy Ballinger, Walnut Creek Golf Course, Marion.
Free Hygiene Essentials kit offered through RHAI ServSafe® Food Safety Training During National Food Safety Education Month - Date: 9/16/2005
RHAI encourages restaurant and foodservice professionals to participate in the 11th annual National Food Safety Education Month this September. This year’s theme “Keep Hands Clean with Good Hygiene” focuses on proper handwashing procedures and how to emphasize their importance within the workplace. To help restaurant and foodservice establishments reinforce these safe handwashing practices, the NRAEF is including a coupon for a free Hygiene Essentials kit to anyone who purchases the ServSafe® Essentials textbook (English with Exam Answer Sheet) now through October 2005 (while supplies last).
New Gallup Survey Finds Restaurant Industry Is the Most Highly Regarded in America - Date: 9/16/2005
The restaurant industry was found to be the most highly regarded business/industry sector in America, according to an independent poll conducted by The Gallup Organization and released on August 22, 2005. The annual poll, which has been conducted since 2001, asks Americans to rate 20+ business and industry sectors in the country on a five-point scale ranging from "very positive" to "very negative."
RHAI Members Rally to Help in the Aftermath of Katrina - Date: 9/16/2005
Dine for America Web Site Now Live: Participate October 5, 2005 - Date: 9/16/2005
National Restaurant Association and Hcareers Launch FREE Job Bank for Katrina-Impacted Employees - Date: 9/16/2005
The National Restaurant Association today announced the launch of an online job bank that makes it easier for restaurateurs across the United States to list open positions for restaurant employees displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
RHAI Members in the News: The Log Inn, Holiday World, Bazbeaux Pizza - Date: 9/16/2005
RHAI Members Honored with Restaurant Neighbor Award - Date: 9/16/2005
RHAI is proud to announce Indiana’s two state winners for the seventh annual Restaurant Neighbor Award. The program was created by the National Restaurant Association to honor restaurants’ commitment to community service and innovative community projects and to underscore that restaurants truly are the cornerstone of local communities. The winners are: Mr. Happy Burger, Logansport and Applebee’s, Mishawaka.
Participate in the Dine for America Hurricane Relief Effort - Date: 9/8/2005
The Restaurant & Hospitality Association of Indiana will be joining the National Restaurant Association in the Dine for American event on October 5, 2005. Restaurants across the country will band together in a "Dine for America" day, a national fundraising effort to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and help those affected by Hurricane Katrina and their families.
Helping in the Aftermath: Hurricane Katrina - Date: 9/8/2005
Here are some immediate options for helping out in the aftermath of Katrina.
Restaurant Business Heats Up with Summer Travel-and-Tourism, Culinary Tourism - Date: 8/18/2005
Scores of travelers are experiencing "culinary tourism" - a movement gaining in popularity that explores food and drink options as destination attractions. The nation's 900,000 restaurants are gearing up to provide visitors as well as locals with memorable dining experiences in August, which is the most popular month of the year to dine out. This is largely due to the travel-and-tourism industry, according to National Restaurant Association research, which indicates that dining out is one of the most popular tourist activities once reaching a destination.
RHAI Focuses on Spreading Food Safety Awareness to the Industry During September 2005 National Food Safety Education Month - Date: 8/18/2005
September marks the eleventh annual National Food Safety Education Month, (NFSEM) created by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) International Food Safety Council, an awareness initiative that promotes food safety education to the restaurant and foodservice industry. This year’s theme is “Keep Hands Clean with Good Hygiene.”
Congressional Hopeful Among Public Affairs Conference Speakers - Date: 8/18/2005
Member Opportunity: MFHA Straight Talk Symposium - Date: 8/18/2005
Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance’s October 2005 National Symposium in Atlanta will feature two professional development opportunities. 3-D (Diversity Development Dialogues) training is tailored to mid-level multicultural management, while the newly introduced Survival Spanish Seminar offers executives and managers an opportunity to familiarize themselves with language training and communicate with Spanish-speaking employees and staff.
RHAI Golf Outing, Largest Ever - Date: 7/29/2005
Mayor Proclaims July 25 through July 31, Indy Restaurant Week - Date: 7/20/2005
In honor of Indianapolis’ first Restaurant Week, Mayor Bart Peterson issued a proclamation officially declaring the week of July 25 through July 31 to be Indy Restaurant Week.
Learn, Lobby, Lead & Make a Difference at the National Restaurant Association's 20th Annual Public Affairs Conference - Date: 7/20/2005
Help shape the policy that affects your business by taking part in the National Restaurant Association's Public Affairs Conference. Set for Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., the conference is a unique opportunity for politically astute restaurateurs to make a difference.
2005 National Restaurant Association, Hotel-Motel Show Serves up Success - Date: 6/17/2005
With an increase in buyer attendance and over 72,600 total registrants, the 2005 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show continues to prove itself as the industry's premier business venue and the place to be for networking and trend-watching.
National Restaurant Association Launches Program To Help Operators Provide More Nutrition Information - Date: 6/16/2005
New "Ask Us!" Program to Provide Operator Tools, Consumer Information
The National Restaurant Association recently announced the launch of "Ask Us!," a nationwide initiative to help restaurateurs deliver more nutrition information to consumers who dine in participating restaurants.
RHAI Board Member, Ray Kavanaugh, Elected NRAEF Officer - Date: 6/16/2005
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced that three new officers have been elected by the foundation’s Board of Trustees for the 2005-2006 term. At the recent Board of Trustees meeting held during the 86th Annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago, Ferdinand E. Metz, CMC became the Board’s new chairman, Raphael “Ray” Kavanaugh assumed the post of vice chairman, and Ruben Villavicencio was elected to the position of treasurer.
New Money Saving Member Benefit! - Date: 6/2/2005
Turn Visitors into Repeat Customers with quick, easy, affordable, email marketing

Your Association has exciting news! We have partnered with the leading web-based email marketing service used by over 30,000 small businesses and associations to offer our members another very valuable money saving benefit.

RHAI Members can save up to 25% off an already very affordable and effective way to send email to customers quickly and easily.

Annual Meeting, Annual Report, and Hall of Fame Induction - Date: 5/23/2005
Over 60 restaurateurs joined the RHAI Board of Directors and staff for the Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame Induction on May 10 at Bonefish Grill, Avon. President and CEO John Livengood and Executive Vice President Debra Scott reflected back upon the past year at the Restaurant & Hospitality Association. Their highlights included:
NRAEF Unveils New ServSafe Alcohol(TM) Program - Date: 5/23/2005
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) launched its new responsible alcohol service program, ServSafe Alcohol, at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show, held May 21-24, 2005, at McCormick Place in Chicago. ServSafe Alcohol replaces BarCode(R) as the NRAEF's responsible alcohol service training program.
NRA's Restaurant Industry Operations Report 2004 Now Available - Date: 5/23/2005
Member Opportunity: Does Your Restaurant Have the Best Website? - Date: 5/23/2005
RHAI Opportunity - Date: 4/15/2005
FREE LEGAL ADVICE regarding food donations to Second Helpings will be given at a reception hosted by attorneys from the Indianapolis Bar Association. The reception is scheduled for May 5, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. and will be held at Second Helpings located at 1121 Southeastern Avenue.
Don’t Miss the RHAI Annual Meeting, May 10 at Bonefish Grill - Date: 4/15/2005
The Restaurant & Hospitality Association of Indiana would like you to join us as we recap the year and recognize the leaders of the industry at the 2005 Annual Meeting, Presentation of the 2005 Hall of Fame Awards and Election of Officers.
Submit Your Nomination for the RHAI Hall of Fame - Date: 4/15/2005
RHAI is currently accepting nominations for the RHAI Hall of Fame. Honorees will be inducted at the Annual Meeting.

The RHAI Hall of Fame Award recognizes present and past members for long-standing careers and service in the foodservice and hospitality industry, contributions to their communities, and recognition by their peers of personal commitment to the advancement of the image of the foodservice and hospitality industry.

Enter the Seventh Annual Restaurant Neighbor Award and Win $5,000 for Community Projects - Date: 4/15/2005
Application deadline is July 11

Restaurants are the cornerstones of our communities – places of refuge and relaxation, spots to meet friends, destinations to discover new culinary experiences. Whether you operate a large, multi-unit operation, a small family-owned eatery or an upscale urban restaurant, chances are your restaurant is involved in community outreach.

2005 Marks Debut Year of the SPIRIT Awards Honoring Industry’s Best Workforce Development Programs - Date: 4/15/2005
Showcasing the restaurant and foodservice industry’s position as the cornerstone of our nation’s career-and-employment opportunities, Nation’s Restaurant News and the National Restaurant Association Foundation (NRAEF), encourage operators to apply for the 2005 SPIRIT Awards, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. Six winning companies and one outstanding professional will be chosen to receive this honor after demonstrating excellence in recruitment, hiring, retention and education. The deadline to apply for this prestigious award is June 1, 2005.
Hoosier Chef Named Executive Chef of New Wolfgang Puck Restaurant and IMA Cafe - Date: 4/15/2005
Following a national search, celebrated Chef Wolfgang Puck and the Indianapolis Museum of Art announced Fort Wayne native Brad Gates as executive chef for Puck's culinary program at the IMA. Scheduled to open May 6, Puck's restaurant and the IMA Café will maintain Puck's culinary excellence under Gates' leadership. Gates also will head the full- service Wolfgang Puck Catering operation at the IMA.
RHAI Wine Dinner at Ruth’s Chris to Feature Charles Krug Winery and Winery Owner, Peter Mondavi - Date: 3/29/2005
Please join the Restaurant & Hospitality Association of Indiana for an exquisite evening of wine and culinary excellence. Tuesday, May 10, 2005, Ruth’s Chris in conjunction with RHAI will hold a Charles Krug Wine Dinner featuring award winning wines from Napa Valley’s Charles Krug Winery along with special guest speaker, Charles Krug owner, Peter Mondavi.
Restaurateurs explore the DNA of Hoosier Hospitality at the 2005 Hoosier Hospitality Conference - Date: 3/29/2005
Over 400 of Indiana’s hospitality industry professionals explored the DNA of Hoosier Hospitality at this year’s Hoosier Hospitality Conference held at the Hyatt Regency, March 23 and 24.
Hoosier Legislators and Restaurateurs Dine and Mingle at Hospitality Leadership Day 2005 - Date: 3/29/2005
On February 23rd Indiana restaurateurs brought lunch to the legislators at the 2005 Hospitality Leadership Day. The scents of melted chocolate, Shrimp Scampi and many other delectable foods filled the North Atrium of the Indiana State House drawing people from all corners of the building.
Notre Dame Director of Food Services Wins International Award - Date: 3/29/2005
David R. Prentkowski, director of food services at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded the prestigious International Foodservice Manufacturers Association’s (IFMA) Silver Plate Award in the college and university division.
Opportunity: Wishard Health Services currently accepting proposals for franchise or food outlet on their Indianapolis campus - Date: 3/29/2005
Wishard Health Services in Indianpolis is currently accepting proposals by organizations for a commercial food outlet or franchise located on the Wishard campus. For consideration, the organization should be able to meet the following criteria.
National Restaurant Association Welcomes Restaurant-and-Hospitality Industry To 86th Annual Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show - Date: 3/29/2005
National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show

McCormick Place
Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, May 21 – Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Regular members in RHAI receive free registration to this event!

General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), to Address International Foodservice Community at 2005 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show - Date: 3/29/2005
General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), will be the featured speaker at the 2005 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, held May 21-24 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.
Noble Partners with Employers to Open Opportunities for People with Disabilities - Date: 2/24/2005
Since 1953, Noble has brought to Central Indiana a vision that each person has a gift to share and a contribution to make. Today, their focus is the full inclusion of people with disabilities in every aspect of community life. To accomplish this vision, Noble has taken an active role matching employers with possible employees.
Karaoke Brings Customers and Copyright Concerns to Business Owners Seeking to Boost Profits - Date: 2/24/2005
Karaoke was born 20 years ago, according to legend, when a few stressed-out Japanese businessmen were looking for fun in a Kobe City snack bar. When a strolling guitarist didn’t report for work due to illness, the owner of the bar produced some tapes of instrumental recordings. Fortunately, these businessmen were delighted to croon along with the tapes.
Help Aid in Tsunami Relief Efforts - Date: 2/4/2005
In partnership with the National Restaurant Association and the American Red Cross, RHAI wants to give you the opportunity to help aid in tsunami relief efforts.
Show Indiana Legislators a - Date: 2/4/2005
Get involved at this year’s Hospitality Leadership Day at the Indiana Statehouse, Wednesday, February 23. State politics affect your business. Make it personal.
Explore the DNA of Hoosier Hospitality - Date: 2/4/2005
The 2005 Hoosier Hospitality Conference is just around the corner, March 23 & 24, at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. This conference is a celebration of Indiana’s hospitality industry, bringing together restaurant, hotel and tourism professionals from around the state. For more information about the conference or to register online, please visit www.hoosierhospitalityconference.com. The following are just some of the valuable restaurant industry seminars that will be offered at this year’s conference! For more session information visit the HHC website.
Industry Outlook Remains Positive According to November Restaurant Performance Index - Date: 2/4/2005
Restaurant operators are increasingly optimistic about the direction of the restaurant industry and the overall economy, according to the latest results of the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index. During the next several months, restaurant operators are expecting positive trends in terms of sales, staffing levels, capital expenditures, as well as the overall economy.
Industry Outlook Strongest in Months as Restaurant Performance Index Registered Solid Gain in October Same-store sales and customer traffic improve; operators are optimistic about growth - Date: 12/17/2004
The outlook for the restaurant industry has become increasingly optimistic, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity rose sharply in October. The Association's Restaurant Performance Index - a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry - jumped 0.9 percent in October, which followed a 0.1 percent gain in September.
In Memory: Steve D. Hadley - Date: 12/17/2004
Steve D. Hadley Age 49, of Avon, IN, passed away December 6, 2004. He was a long-time industry advocate and a champion of hospitality education.
Email Scam Alert! - Date: 12/17/2004
Several Indiana restaurants have received variations of a bogus e-mail containing complaints from a customer. Each time the e-mail is sent the content of the complaint is almost exactly the same. Please be aware that this is an e-mail scam.
National Restaurant Association Announces Record Sales Projected In Year Ahead for Nation's Largest Private-Sector Employer - Date: 12/17/2004
Restaurant industry sales are expected to reach a record $476 billion in 900,000 restaurant locations in 2005, according to the National Restaurant Association's 2005 Restaurant Industry Forecast . The projected annual sales would mean a solid 4.9 percent increase over last year – and a total economic impact of over $1.2 trillion, highlighting the restaurant industry's critical role as a job creator in the nation's economy.
RHAI 2nd Annual Wine Dinner Raises over $5,000 for educational programs - Date: 12/1/2004
Guests at the RHAI Annual Wine Dinner settled in to the soothing sounds of light instrumental jazz and the promise of excellent food, wine and conversation on Monday, November 15, 2004.
Discounted Workers' Compensation Program - - Date: 12/1/2004
As an important part of the Association, RHAI members receive valuable money-saving discounts through our endorsed providers. Farmers Business Insurance, the RHAI endorsed provider for workers' compensations programs, can provide you with competitive rates combined with your RHAI member discount.
Partnering With Programs That Do It Right - Date: 11/9/2004
Is your restaurant company looking to team up with a program that's making a difference in keeping kids healthy and physically active?
2005 Hoosier Hospitality Conference - Date: 11/9/2004

Put it on your calendar. The 2005 Hoosier Hospitality Conference will be held on March 23 and 24 at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis.
Restaurant Operations Boot Camp a Success - Date: 11/9/2004
On October 21, RHAI held its Restaurant Operations Boot Camp, a program designed to provide new restaurateurs with everything they need to know about owning, opening, and operating a restaurant in Indiana.
WCR Kicks Off 2004 National Conference of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs - Date: 11/9/2004
On November 6, women in the restaurant industry from all over the nation converged on Louisville, KY for a weekend of networking, education, and excellent food at the 2005 National Conference of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs.
Your Membership in RHAI Could Pay for Itself! - Date: 11/9/2004
As a member of the Restaurant & Hospitality Association (RHAI), the benefits you receive could more than pay for your membership dues, from discounted credit card processing to legislative representation. The following are just some of the benefits that are available to you as an important part of the Association.
Indiana's New Food Code Effective November 13 - Date: 11/9/2004
A new draft of Indiana's food code becomes effective November 13 th . This is a culmination of changes recommended in the 2003 FDA Model Food Code and by the Indiana Food Code Task Force.
Restaurant Operators Increasingly Optimistic about Sales Growth and Direction of the Economy - Date: 10/15/2004
Restaurant operators are increasingly optimistic about the direction of the restaurant industry and the overall economy, according to the latest results of the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index.
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company Publish Winning Workforce Ideas Booklet Showcasing 2004 Winning Workforce Award Winners - Date: 10/15/2004
Looking for answers to your most critical workforce challenges? Then check out the Winning Workforce Ideas 2004 booklet, a collection of industry best practices and essays devoted to providing practical, actionable workforce solutions to the restaurant and foodservice industry.
Save the Date! RHAI's 2nd Annual Wine Dinner
Scheduled for November 15, 2004 - Date: 10/15/2004

The Restaurant and Hospitality Association of Indiana will hold its 2nd Annual Wine Dinner at 6:00 p.m., November 15, at Malibu Grill in Indianapolis, 14 West Maryland Street. The event will feature Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, ten-time Wine & Spirits Magazine Winery of the Year. Advance reservations are required as space is limited.
RHAI Member Involvement Key
in 2005 Legislative Session - Date: 10/15/2004

RHAI believes the next legislative session will be the most challenging the hospitality industry has ever faced. We will see both opportunities and potential new burdens in the form of increased taxes and regulations. Government interference and new taxes could have a large impact on your profits, costing you thousands of dollars.
National Restaurant Association Launches GO-Vote! Election Center to Encourage Political Activism Among Restaurateurs During Critical Election Year - Date: 10/15/2004
The National Restaurant Association announced the launch of its GO-Vote! Election Center, a nonpartisan information service. This service outlines all of the details restaurant-and-foodservice professionals need on how to register and vote by mail or absentee ballot, and provides the 12 million employees in the industry with a greater opportunity to participate in the political process.
Think Global. Eat Local! - Date: 10/15/2004
IndyEthnicFood.com, a dynamic directory of ethnic food restaurants in Indianapolis, provides an opportunity to highlight the cultural diversity of cuisine in the city and its surrounding communities.
National Restaurant Association Launches New Cornerstone Ambassador Program to Highlight Importance of Restaurant Industry - Date: 10/15/2004
The National Restaurant Association unveiled a new program that encourages restaurant industry professionals across the country to use their stories to underscore the restaurant industry's essential role in Americans' lives in their local communities.
Increase Sales with Custom Gift Cards from - Date: 9/21/2004
Custom gift cards from Heartland Payment Systems are a proven way to increase sales! Your business counts on a healthy cash flow and repeat business. While paper gift certificates may be an effective sales tool, we have a newer, smarter way to go, stored value gift cards. They work harder for you.
Help Us Help You! - Date: 9/21/2004
The NRA, with the accounting firm Deloitte, publishes the annual Restaurant Industry Operations Report, one of the industry's best sources of operating statistics.
RHAI "Enlisting" for Boot Camp - Date: 9/21/2004
Sharpen those knives, wash those uniforms, and make sure all the plates are clean. Restaurant Operations Boot Camp, a training program for new restaurateurs, begins October 21, 2004.
Public Affairs Conference Opens with Remarks
from Treasury Secretary Snow - Date: 9/21/2004

The restaurant industry's most important political event opened September 13 in Washington with more than 600 restaurateurs from 49 states and the District of Columbia.
RHAI Members Save Money on Music Licensing - Date: 9/21/2004
Restaurants who depend on music to entertain customers can profit from their membership in RHAI. Members receive a discount of 10% or more from the cost of music licenses when they purchase them from BMI, a non-profit-making company representing 300,000 songwriters and music publishers.
NRA Industry Tracking Survey Positive for July - Date: 9/21/2004
Restaurant operators reported positive same-store sales for the twelfth consecutive month.
Resource Center for Workforce Solutions provides industry with human resources tools - Date: 9/2/2004
The NRAEF's Resource Center for Workforce Solutions supplies restaurant and foodservice operators with a wealth of material on human resources issues.
RHAI staff take on new roles - Date: 9/2/2004
RHAI hires a new Director of Communications and an Education Manager.
RHAI Golf Outing: Largest ever! - Date: 9/2/2004
The 2004 RHAI Golf Outing was a huge success with the largest registration ever.
Let your voice be heard at the 2004 National Restaurant Association Public Affairs Conference - Date: 9/2/2004
Join your fellow restaurateurs at the 2004 National Restaurant Association Public Affairs Conference September 13-14.
National Food Safety Education Month provides additional resources for a safe and successful restaurant - Date: 9/2/2004
September is National Food Safety Month. Let your employees know how important food safety is in your restaurant with special resources from the NRAEF.
NRA launches free monthly e-newsletter,
"Research News & Numbers” - Date: 9/2/2004

Keep up on the latest economic news and trends affecting the restaurant industry with “Research News & Numbers".
INDOT to solicit bids for Travel Plaza restaurants - Date: 9/2/2004
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plans to advertise for bids in September for a pair of restaurants on the Indiana Toll Road.
Heartland Payment Systems sponsors RHAI District Meetings - Date: 9/2/2004
Heartland Payment Systems offers money saving services for restaurants as the RHAI district meeting sponsor.
We're Coming To You! - Date: 8/20/2004
There is no time to waste! We must come together and get organized. The 2005 General Assembly will be one of the most challenging legislative sessions Indiana’s restaurant industry has ever faced.
RHAI Golf Outing Will Be "Tropical" - Date: 6/9/2004
Don't miss the 2004 RHAI "Tropical" Golf outing which will take place on Tuesday, July 27th at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville - Indiana's #1 public course according to Golfweek Magazine!
New Ohh! Program To Raise Funds for Foundation - Date: 6/9/2004
By now, RHAI members should have received information about a new initiative to support the school-to-career programs run by the Indiana Hospitality & Tourism Foundation (IHTF).
Snapshots From the Annual Meeting - Date: 6/9/2004
In case you missed RHAI's Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame induction...
With restaurant-industry hiring picking up and operators optimistic about continued growth, the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity remained strong in March.
2004 Annual Meeting Kicks Off Membership Drive - Date: 5/14/2004
At this year's Annual Meeting, RHAI President John Livengood noted the need for a stronger organization to protect and defend the industry in light of an unprecedented number of new proposals to tax and regulate restaurants.
National Restaurant Association Announces Results Of Tipped Employees Wage Survey - Date: 5/14/2004
In response to a longstanding need within the restaurant industry to accurately estimate the earnings of tipped employees, specifically wait staff, the National Restaurant Association recently announced the results of a nationwide operator survey. The survey found that nationally, the average hourly earnings of wait staff range from $17.10 for entry-level servers to $22.20 for more experienced servers. 
SBA Study Confirms Meal And Entertainment Tax Deduction Benefit - Date: 5/14/2004
The National Restaurant Association joined the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy in their release of a new study that finds small incorporated businesses benefit more than their larger counterparts from the meal and entertainment tax deduction.
Indiana ProStart Team Heats Up National Competition - Date: 5/14/2004
The Hoosier ProStart Culinary Competition winning team from Elkhart competed in the 3rd Annual National ProStart Student Invitational.
The Fifth Annual Restaurant Neighbor Award Provides Chance to Win $5,000 for Community Projects - Date: 4/26/2004
Nine out of 10 restaurants actively participate in community activities. Whether by supporting programs to fight hunger, participating in mentoring programs or sponsoring a Little League team, restaurants continually do what they can to be great neighbors.
Resource Center for Workplace Solutions Offers FREE copy of Legal "Problem Solver" - Date: 4/26/2004
Annual Meeting Around the Corner! - Date: 4/23/2004
The Restaurant and Hospitality Association of Indiana's Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame Induction is set to take place Wednesday, May 5 at Outback Steakhouse in Greenwood, Indiana.
First culinary tourism conference set for May - Date: 4/19/2004
Erik Wolf knew that food was his vacation priority. To Wolf, spending two hours in a local grocery store after 15 hours in an airplane was preferable to museums and monuments. But it took a visit to a food festival in Portland, Ore., for Wolf to learn that there was a name for his preferred type of vacation: culinary tourism.
2004 Hoosier Hospitality Conference Shakes Things Up! - Date: 4/5/2004
The 2004 Hoosier Hospitality Conference proved to truly "shake it up" this year. In addition to offering over 20 educational seminars, several awards presentations and the crowd favorite Progressive Dinner, highlights for this year’s conference included an energizing keynote address by John Kennedy from Kennedy Consulting, and a “networking luncheon,” which included vendor booths, a silent auction and more. Also a hit was the 3rd Annual Hoosier Prostart Student Invitational culinary competition that placed 20 high school teams in a head-to-head culinary battle.
Terre Haute Restaurant Industry Booming - Date: 4/5/2004
RHAI President John Livengood was recently quoted in Terre Haute's Tribune Star in an article highlighting the area's booming restaurant industry.
Resource Center For Workforce Solutions Announces New And Improved Web Site - Date: 4/5/2004
In an effort to help restaurant and foodservice industry operators improve their recruitment, retention and training practices, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and Coca-Cola have partnered to develop the newly enhanced and expanded Web site for the Resource Center for Workforce Solutions -- www.nraef.org/solutions.
2004 NRA Show Preview - Date: 4/5/2004
Helping to address key industry needs, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) will host three educational sessions at the 2004 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, held May 22-25, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The sessions will cover food security, workforce challenges and leadership and management training. Each session will include input from a variety of panelists representing various segments of the restaurant and foodservice industry.
Industry Outlook Strong In February - Date: 4/5/2004
The outlook for the restaurant industry grew increasingly optimistic in February, as the National Restaurant Association's comprehensive index of restaurant activity soared to another record level. The Association's Restaurant Performance Index - a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry - jumped 1.6 percent above its strong January level. February's robust increase followed a strong 1.0 percent gain in January, with both performances driven by broad-based growth across Index components.
National Restaurant Association's Lee Culpepper Named One of D.C.'s Top Lobbyists - Date: 4/5/2004
Underscoring the National Restaurant Association's political clout and influence on Capitol Hill, The Hill newspaper named Lee Culpepper, senior vice president of Government Affairs & Public Policy, as one of the "Top Association Lobbyists" in Washington. Lee has made The Hill's list for several consecutive years, and was selected from over 25,000 registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C.
Food Security Issues Dominate Food Safety Summit - Date: 3/29/2004
The partnership between the food industry and government is critical to defending the nation's food supply against potential terrorist threats, Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security, declared March 19 at the Food Safety Summit and Expo in Washington, D.C.
Madeleine Albright to keynote 2004 NRA Show - Date: 3/29/2004
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Korbel Albright will deliver the keynote address at the 2004 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, held May 22-25 in Chicago. Albright will speak on Sunday, May 23, at 2:00 p.m. in McCormick Place. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.
Line of Chefs Set for 2004 Bocuse d'Or USA - Date: 3/29/2004
Eight chefs will battle at the 2004 Bocuse d'Or USA National Selection -- to be held at the 2004 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, May 22-25, in Chicago's McCormick Place -- to see who will represent America in the culinary world's version of the Superbowl.
Elkhart Area Career Center Takes 1st in Statewide Student Culinary Competition - Date: 3/22/2004
The Indiana Hospitality & Tourism Foundation (IH&TF) held the Third Annual Prostart Hoosier Student Invitational culinary competition on March 18, 2004, in Indianapolis. The Elkhart Area Career Center team won first prize at the event and members were awarded scholarships from five leading culinary schools. The Elkhart team will also represent Indiana at the 2004 National ProStart Student Invitational in Orlando, Florida, April 25 - 28.
RHAI's Web Pick of the Month - Date: 2/23/2004
"Food Allergy News You Can Use" is RHAI's latest web pick of the month.
Eiteljorg Seeks Operator For New Cafe - Date: 2/23/2004
On December 9, 2003 the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis broke ground on a new expansion project that is estimated to be completed in 2005.
HCareers Launches Two New Industry Specific Sub-Sites, "Hospitality Jobs" & "Restaurant Jobs" - Date: 2/23/2004
Hcareers, the world's dominant online job board for the hospitality and restaurant industry, has just launched two new industry specific homes within Hcareers.com and Hcareers.ca, called "Restaurant Jobs" and "Hospitality Jobs".
Reminder: Application Deadline Approaching For 2004 Winning Workforce Awards - Date: 2/23/2004
Operators interested in applying for the 2004 Winning Workforce Awards have until March 1 to complete their application. These awards are a component of the Resource Center for Workforce Solutions(SM), a dynamic alliance between the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and Coca-Cola, and honor those restaurant and foodservice operators who understand that enhancing employee satisfaction ultimately leads to guest satisfaction.
Expanded "Mad Cow" Safeguards Announced To Strengthen Existing Firewalls Against BSE Transmission - Date: 2/23/2004
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has announced several new public health measures, to be implemented by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to strengthen significantly the multiple existing firewalls that protect Americans from exposure to the agent thought to cause bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, also known as mad cow disease) and that help prevent the spread of BSE in U.S. cattle.
National Restaurant Association CEO Presented "Association Executive of the Year" Award - Date: 2/23/2004
In recognition of his outstanding achievement, commitment and service to the National Restaurant Association and the entire association community, Steven C. Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the restaurant industry trade group, received the 2004 Association Executive of the Year award from Association Trends during an awards luncheon held Friday, February 6, at the Capitol Hilton in downtown Washington. Anderson was introduced at the event by Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR).
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Presents The 2004 Monterey Wine Festival Scholarship Fund Auction - Date: 2/23/2004
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) celebrates students studying viticulture and enology by presenting the 19th annual Monterey Wine Festival Scholarship Fund Auction. The live auction is a long-standing centerpiece of the Monterey Wine Festival, which takes place April 29 - May 1 in Monterey, California. The live auction will be held May 1 at 10:45 a.m. at the Monterey Marriott. All proceeds raised through this live auction goes into a scholarship fund administered by the NRAEF.
Members In The News - Date: 2/19/2004
RHAI Member R Bistro was recently featured in the Indianapolis Star. Another RHAI member, Chef Steven J. Oakley of Oakleys Bistro, recently won the Taste of Elegance Chef's Competition.
Credit Card Scam Alert - Date: 1/26/2004
Please be aware of a recent telephone scam involving the request of a person's credit card information.
Publisher Pulls Plug on Association Magazine - Date: 1/23/2004
The Indiana Restaurant and Lodging News, a publication that served both the RHAI and the Indiana Hotel & Lodging Association, will no longer be published.
2004 Hospitality Leadership Day Postponed - Date: 1/23/2004
Due to new security procedures implemented on the 3rd floor of the Indiana State House where we had planned to hold the "Taste of Hoosier Hospitality" event, the 2004 Hospitality Leadership Day scheduled for next Tuesday, January 27, has been postponed.
Shake It Up At the 2004 Hoosier Hospitality Conference - Don't Wait To Register! - Date: 1/23/2004
The 2004 Hoosier Hospitality Conference is right around the corner! Find out what's shakin' in Indiana's hospitality industry by attending Indiana's only all-industry educational and networking conference for hospitality professionals.
Credit Card Scam Alert - Date: 1/23/2004
Please be aware of a recent telephone scam involving the request of a person's credit card information. Apparently, the perpetrators call random credit card customers claiming that they are from the fraud department of a major credit card company and that unusual spending has occurred on their account.
Wines Around the World Wrap-Up - Date: 12/29/2003
Held on Tuesday, November 18 at Ruth's Chris Steak House, downtown Indianapolis, this black tie optional event drew over one hundred attendees and raised funds for the RHAI's various educational programs such as ServSafe, Restaurant Boot Camp and ProStart.
NRA Releases 2004 Industry Forecast - Date: 12/29/2003
Next year should be a good one for the restaurant industry. According to the National Restaurant Association 2004 Restaurant Industry Forecast, the restaurant industry will grow 4.4 percent in 2004 to a record $440.1 billion in annual sales.
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Announces 2004 Summer Institutes For Educators - Date: 12/10/2003
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced the schedule for its 12 Summer Institutes that will be taking place during 2004. The Summer Institutes are held each year and are open to secondary- and post-secondary educators pursuing professional development within the restaurant and foodservice industry.
Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission Training Program a Success! - Date: 12/10/2003
The Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission held a variety of training sessions over the summer and fall to educate Indianapolis hospitality professionals about Indianapolis' unique cultural attractions.
National Restaurant Association's Steven C. Anderson Named 2004 Association Executive of the Year - Date: 12/8/2003
National Restaurant Association President and Chief Executive Officer Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, was named the 2004 Association Executive of the Year by Association Trends, a national weekly newspaper for association executives and suppliers.
NBC "Hidden Camera" Story On Restaurant Food Safety - Date: 11/25/2003
Dateline NBC recently aired its "hidden camera" investigation on restaurant food safety and health inspections. As anticipated, the exposé attempted to paint a negative picture of the industry through visuals and various testimonials.
NRA Launches Web Site For 2004 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show - Date: 11/25/2003
The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show-the country's largest gathering of restaurant-and-hospitality industry professionals-is the industry's premier business venue and each year delivers more opportunities to learn about the latest trends and technologies, buy and sell the hottest products and services, build business relationships and network with fellow professionals.
RHAI Web Pick of The Month - Date: 11/24/2003
Looking for a FREE way to market your restaurant to potential customers?
Indianapolis Star Publishes Article About Use of Hospitality Taxes to Support the Colts - Date: 11/10/2003
RHAI President and CEO John Livengood recently responded to a November 2, Indianapolis Star article which discussed using taxes collected from hotels and restaurants to keep the Colts in Indianapolis. The article, entitled "Poll: 60% Oppose Cash For Colts," stated that 54% of Indianapolis citizens support using hospitality taxes to help the Colts. The poll was conducted of 400 likely Marion county voters but warned about reading too much into the poll since it could change week to week depending on how the team was doing.
Are You Open On The Holidays? - Date: 11/10/2003
It's that time of year when the Association headquarters receives many calls from individuals wanting to know what restaurants are open on Thanksgiving and Christmas. We don't know about your holiday hours of operation unless you tell us.
Free Tip-Reporting Information For Your Employees - Date: 11/10/2003
To download free payroll stuffers to help your employees understand their obligation to report tips click here.
Small Business Survival Index 2003 Ranks the States According to How Friendly Their Policies are for Entrepreneurship - Date: 11/10/2003
The Small Business Survival Committee (SBSC) released its annual rankings of the states according to their respective policy climates for small business and entrepreneurship in the 'Small Business Survival Index 2003'.
2004 Winning Workforce Awards Seek To Honor Industry's Best Human Resource Practices - Date: 11/10/2003
Showcasing the restaurant and foodservice industry's position as the cornerstone of our nation's career-and-employment opportunities, the Resource Center for Workforce SolutionsSM, a dynamic alliance between the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and Coca-Cola North America Foodservice & Hospitality Division, encourages operators throughout the industry to apply for the 2004 Winning Workforce Awards.
Restaurant Operators Optimistic Despite Modest 0.3 Percent Decline In September Performance Index - Date: 11/10/2003
In a positive sign for the restaurant industry, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index-a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry-showed continued positive same-store sales and the strongest operator optimism in the history of the Index. Despite the Index slipping a modest 0.3 percent in September, marking the first decline in three months, the restaurant industry remains in a solid position for continued growth during the next several months.
DON'T FORGET!!! - Wine Dinner Is One Week Away! - Date: 11/10/2003
Have you made your reservation for "Wines Around the World," an exclusive black tie fundraiser for the educational programs of the Restaurant and Hospitality Association? Make your reservation today! Click here to view and print a reservation form or call 317-673-4211 or 800-678-1957 (toll-free). Click here for more details.
State Restaurant Associations Show Strong Support for National Food Safety Education Month® 2003 - Date: 10/27/2003
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced today that participation in National Food Safety Education Month® 2003 reached record high levels. Created by the NRAEF's International Food Safety Council, this month-long awareness campaign in September focused on the importance of food safety education for the restaurant and foodservice industry and raised awareness of the industry's commitment to food safety. This year's theme, "Store it. Don't ignore it.," underscored the importance of storing food safely.
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Presents 2004 Monterey Wine Festival - Date: 10/27/2003
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) invites wine enthusiasts to swirl their glasses and savor their palates as they taste wonderful wine selections at this year's 28th annual Monterey Wine Festival, April 29 - May 1, at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California. Presented by the NRAEF, the nation's oldest wine festival will include wine tastings, educational seminars, winemaker events, cooking demonstrations by leading chefs, a live auction, and the America's Best Wine Lists Awards. Proceeds from this year's auction will go to the NRAEF's educational initiatives.
Spanish ServSafe Class To Be Offered In South Bend - Date: 10/22/2003
A Spanish ServSafe Certification class will be offered in the South Bend area on Monday, November 17, 2003, and will be conducted in the Health Department's conference room on the 8th floor of the Country City building.
Restaurant And Foodservice Workforce Best Practices Booklet Now Avaliable  - Date: 10/21/2003
Are workforce challenges eating away at your business? Are you hungry for ideas? Then be sure to check out the Winning Workforce Ideas 2003 booklet, a collection of industry best practices and essays devoted to providing practical, actionable workforce solutions.
Rising Number Of Uninsured Americans Highlights Urgent Need For Access To Affordable Healthcare  - Date: 10/21/2003
Highlighting the urgent need for access to affordable health care for the more than 43 million uninsured Americans, the National Restaurant Association said it would continue its efforts to ensure passage of Association Health Plan (AHPs) legislation in the U.S. Senate. AHPs will allow small businesses to band together to provide quality, affordable health insurance to employees and their families. 
You Won't Need a Passport! - Date: 10/21/2003
Pack your bags for the first annual Wines Around the World, an exclusive black tie fundraiser for the educational programs of the Restaurant and Hospitality Association!
Indiana's - Date: 10/21/2003
The winners of the Second Annual Hoosier Prostart culinary competition, Megan Kozina and Hillary Forsythe from the Hammond Area Career Center, will appear on the Food Network's coverage of last April's National ProStart Culinary Competition
Labor Department to Conduct Study of Workplace Compliance - Date: 10/21/2003
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division will be conducting an investigation-based compliance survey of youth employment in full-service and quick service restaurants.
Alert - Indianapolis-area Dry Cleaning Scam - Date: 10/16/2003
A new twist to the Dry Cleaning Scam is circulating around Indy. An individual using the same invoice has approached two hotels and several restaurants.
Industry Tracking Index Up Slightly in August - Date: 10/8/2003
The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index — a monthly composite index that tracks the health and outlook of the U.S. restaurant industry — rose 0.2 percent in August. The August gain was the Index's fifth in the last six months and left the Index at a record high.
Restaurateurs Visit Capitol Hill To Inform Congress Of Top Issues Impacting Their Industry - Date: 9/26/2003
Chicken In September - Date: 9/9/2003
Participating in the National Chicken Council's "Chicken in September" Foodservice Contest offers opportunities for both your customers and store managers to be rewarded.
September Marks National Food Safety Month - Date: 9/9/2003
September marks the ninth annual National Food Safety Education Month created by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's International Food Safety Council, an awareness initiative that promotes food safety education to the restaurant and foodservice industry. This year's theme is "Store it. Don't ignore it."
RHAI Promotes Healthy Lifestyles - Date: 9/9/2003
The Restaurant and Hospitality Association of Indiana announces their strong support of new consumer educational materials developed by the National Restaurant Association. 
RHAI Announces State Winners of the 2003 Restaurant Neighbor Award - Date: 9/8/2003
RHAI Golf Outing is a Hit - Date: 9/8/2003
The RHAI golf outing was held July 30 at a new location, the Hickory Stick Golf Course in Greenwood. The outing was a sell-out with 35 teams and 31 sponsors. 
Restaurants Are Most Popular Yellow Pages Search - Date: 9/3/2003
More people use Yellow Pages phone books and Web sites to search for restaurants than any other type of business, according to a new study. 
Obesity Lawsuit Update - Date: 8/5/2003
Echoing the legal arguments made by smokers against the tobacco industry, some obese Americans are now trying to blame fast-food chains and other food suppliers for their health problems. The Senate's No. 2 Republican, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, filed a bill July 31 -- backed by the restaurant industry, but opposed by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America -- that would shield the food industry from such lawsuits. 
Bartenders Ball Is Only 3 Days Away!!! - Date: 8/5/2003
The 2003 Bartenders Ball is just around the corner - Monday, September 8! Don't wait! Get your tickets now!
National Restaurant Association Named Top Association In Greater Washington, D.C. - Date: 8/5/2003
The National Restaurant Association received the "2002-2003 Superstar Award, Association Organization of Excellence," on July 17 given by the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives (GWSAE) for "positioning the restaurant industry, through its Cornerstone Initiative, as the cornerstone of the nation's economy, the cornerstone of the local community and the cornerstone of career opportunities," according to GWSAE Chairman William E. Kelley. 
Study: Restaurateurs Still Worried About HR - Date: 7/16/2003
A new study of 448 restaurateurs found that human resources issues remain their chief concern.
RHAI Board Votes to Support Hotels in Campaign to Repeal Comp Room Tax - Date: 7/9/2003
The Indiana Hotel and Lodging Association is currently leading a campaign to repeal the recently passed tax on complimentary hotel rooms. This tax was contained in the 2003 budget bill and became effective on July 1, 2003. It not only affects the hotel and lodging industry, but the effects of the new tax will be felt by the entire hospitality industry.
Member Districts Redrawn - Date: 7/9/2003
RHAI Board of Directors held a vote on June 18, 2003 to draw new membership districts.
Updated Education First Materials Available - Date: 7/9/2003
RHAI has recently updated its Education First materials to reflect changes in Public Law 199. This law states that an employer must provide one or two rest breaks totaling at least thirty minutes (enabling the employer and employee further flexibility) and the breaks can now occur at any time during the scheduled six-hour shift. The new law also mandates that employees less than 18 years of age not work past 10 pm when not accompanied by another employee who is 18 years of age or older.
Restaurant and Hospitality Association of Indiana Partner In "A Taste of Indiana Agriculture" Wine Reception - Date: 6/18/2003
The Restaurant and Hospitality Association of Indiana is teaming up with Indiana State Fair officials for "A Taste of Indiana Agriculture," a wine reception to take place on Thursday, July 31, 2003, from 6-9 pm in the Farm Bureau Building at the state fairgrounds.
Nation's Restaurants Feed Those In Need On National Hunger Awareness Day - Date: 6/18/2003
June 5 was National Hunger Awareness Day, which aimed to mobilize communities across the country to focus their attention on domestic hunger. Further underscoring the restaurant industry's commitment to local communities, the National Restaurant Association marked this day by announcing its partnership with America's Second Harvest to make it easier for restaurants to donate food.
Restaurant Performance Index Up Again in April - Date: 6/18/2003
Restaurant index gains .7 percent in April; restaurant operators remain optimistic Restaurant operators remain optimistic about the direction of the domestic economy, according to the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index. The RPI — a monthly composite index that tracks the health and outlook of the U.S. restaurant industry — gained 0.7 percent in April.
National Restaurant Association Develops Consumer Materials to Promote Healthy Lifestyles - Date: 6/12/2003
Underscoring its continuing efforts and proactive commitment to healthy lifestyles, the National Restaurant Association today announced that it has developed and released new consumer educational materials for its members and the public entitled Three Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle to promote balance, moderation and physical activity. The materials – brochures, tray liners and table tents – were positively reviewed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
National Restaurant Association to award three restaurants $5,000 each for outstanding community service - Date: 6/11/2003
The Restaurant and Hospitality Association of Indiana urges members to apply for the fifth annual Restaurant Neighbor Award- a program created by the National Restaurant Association to honor restaurants for their commitment to community service and innovative community projects.
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Promotes Jorge Hernandez To Vice President - Date: 6/9/2003
In a move designed to significantly strengthen its food safety efforts and its regulatory relations, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced that it has promoted Jorge Hernandez to Vice President, Food Safety and Risk Management, a newly created position. Hernandez was formerly Senior Director of the Science and Regulatory Relations department of the NRAEF. In this new position, he will report directly to Susan Anderson-Khleif, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives.
National Restaurant Association Develops Consumer Materials To Promote Healthy Lifestyles - Date: 6/9/2003
Underscoring its continuing efforts and proactive commitment to healthy lifestyles, the National Restaurant Association today announced that it has developed and released new consumer educational materials for its members and the public entitled Three Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle to promote balance, moderation and physical activity. The materials - brochures, tray liners and table tents - were positively reviewed by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Your Input Is Critical! - Date: 5/22/2003
The National Restaurant Association sent out member profile surveys last summer to all NRA member restaurants. Although 1,200 surveys were returned, the number of Indiana surveys was minimal.
Operations Report Due Now! - Date: 5/22/2003
Complete this simple survey today and receive a FREE copy of the NRA's Restaurant Industry Operations Survey.
Promote Indiana Coalition Meets - Date: 5/22/2003
The Promote Indiana Coalition recently held an organizational meeting on Tuesday, May 13, at the Adams Mark Hotel Downtown, Indianapolis. The primary focus of the meeting was the establishment of a new Board of Directors and discussion of future legislation designed to provide a dedicated funding source for the state's tourism promotion efforts.
Shapiro's Deli Reopens - Date: 5/22/2003
After $800,000 in fire damage and a two-month hiatus, the famous corned beef, pastrami, and cabbage sandwich shop returned to Indianapolis.
Applebee's expects curbside To Go service to keep sales in the fast lane - Date: 5/22/2003
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (May 12) - Applebee's International Inc., which overcame a multitude of external challenges to post a first-quarter rise in same-store sales of 3.3 percent, expects that the stepped-up rollout of its curbside To Go service will help extend that sales growth streak through 2003.
The secret's out: Steak 'n Shake TV ads rock to a simple tune - Date: 5/22/2003
Why don't I just let the server describe the difference between a restaurant and a "workaraunt"?
Win $5,000 - Apply For The 2003 Restaurant Neighbor Award - Date: 5/22/2003
All restaurants encouraged to apply; three winners to receive $5,000 each to support their charitable activities
March Restaurant Performance Index Up 1.7 Percent - Date: 5/16/2003
Restaurant operators are more optimistic about the economy and business conditions, according to the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI). The monthly composite index that tracks the health of the U.S. restaurant industry gained 1.7 percent in March, its first gain in five months.
AHPs Would Cut Insurance Costs, Says Chao - Date: 5/16/2003
Restaurateurs took center stage today in the small-business community's push for more affordable health insurance plans, as U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao participated in a roundtable discussion on health care issues with small business owners at Heyholde Restaurant in Coraopolis, Pa.
RHAI's Helpful Web Pick Of The Month - Date: 5/2/2003
Check out Purdue University's Surplus Foodservice Equipment website.
National Tourism Week - May 10-18 - Date: 5/2/2003
The 20th Annual National Tourism Week will be celebrated across the country May 10-18. As part of celebrating that week, RHAI members are encouraged to attend the next Promote Indiana Coalition meeting.
NRA Show Updates & Info On Official Show Website - Date: 4/28/2003
Looking for updates, news and information about the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show? Check out the official Web site of the 84th annual Show at www.restaurant.org/show.
What Seniors Want In Restaurant Dining - And What They Don't - Date: 4/8/2003
For the alert restaurateur, seniors - with their income, free time and expanding baby boomer fueled numbers - represent a golden market opportunity. What these potential customers like is important, but what they don't like is even more important, says a Purdue professor. Read on...
Industry Professionals Plot The Course For Indiana Hospitality - Date: 4/8/2003
The 2003 Hoosier Hospitality Conference (HHC) proved to be the best conference yet. In addition to offering over 30 educational seminars, several awards luncheons and the crowd favorite Progressive Dinner, highlights for this year's conference included an energizing keynote address by conference veteran and hospitality guru, Janie Wiltshire of Due West, Co., and a "networking bonanza," which included vendor booths, hot topic roundtables, a silent auction and more.
New Overtime Rules Proposed - Date: 4/8/2003
The U.S. Dept. of Labor recently issued a proposal that would overhaul the regulations governing overtime pay, the basis for a wave of multi-million-dollar lawsuits filed against restaurant employers in recent months. The Labor Department has also planned compliance/enforcement initiatives for 2003 for several areas, including Indianapolis.
SSA Scaling Back On "No Match" Letters - Date: 4/8/2003
Citing a minimal return on investment, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is reported to be scaling back its "No Match" letter initiative. The SSA expects to send 135,000 letters this year, a number more comparable to the 110,000 mailed in 2001.
Changes At SBA Both Nationally and Locally - Date: 4/8/2003
President Bush recently signed a measure to significantly increase the funding availability for the Small Business Administration's (SBA) loan programs. The bill consists of $397.4 billion in spending and includes $1.2 billion in new funding for the SBA's 7(a) loan program. This guarantees loans to small businesses including restaurants that are unable to obtain financing on similar terms in the private credit market, but can demonstrate the ability to repay the loan. While funds are being allocated nationally, SBA is creating jobs locally, starting with its own new district director.
Hammond Area Career Center Cooks Up Another Winner - Date: 4/1/2003
Your Indiana Hospitality & Tourism Foundation, (IHTF) held its Second Annual Hoosier Prostart culinary competition, sponsored by Citizens Gas, on Wednesday, March 27, 2003, at the Westin Hotel, downtown Indianapolis.
Restaurant & Foodservice Industry Shares Workforce Best Practices - Date: 3/4/2003
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and Coca-Cola Fountain publish Winning Workforce Ideas booklet.
Sensational Weather Reporting - Date: 3/4/2003
Indiana's recent winter weather conditions have resulted in more than just excessive shoveling, traffic problems and school closings; the sensational reporting of these "winter storms" has led to a significant decline in business for many restaurants.
Hospitality Leadership Day Recap - Date: 3/4/2003
Thank you to those RHAI members who attended the 2003 Hospitality Leadership Day, Wednesday, February 19, at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The event was a great success.
Golden Corral Corporation Gives $100,000 to NRA Educational Foundation - Date: 3/4/2003
The Golden Corral Corporation has pledged $100,000 to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).
Legislative News

Genetic-based Employment Discrimination Prohibited - Date: 4/2/2009
DHS Issues Supplemental Final Rule with Guidance For Employers Who Receive Social Security 'No-Match' Letters - Date: 2/17/2009
Economic Stimulus - Date: 2/17/2009
Cintas Wins $5 Million Lawsuit against Union - Date: 2/17/2009
Genetic-based Employment Discrimination Prohibited - Date: 2/17/2009
NRA Website Gives Voice - Date: 5/19/2008
NRA site gives voice to industry in election year.
Major Business Groups Launch Presidential Town Hall Series - Date: 10/31/2007
Family Members of Armed Service Personnel Allowed 10 Days of Unpaid Leave

In an effort to assist family members of individuals who are serving in the armed forces or the National Guard, the Indiana General Assembly enacted a new statute (Ind. Code 22-2-13 et seq) effective July 1, 2007 that allows for Military Family Leave for eligible Indiana employees.

Minimum wage increase passed by Congress - Date: 6/20/2007
Last week, the House and Senate approved the minimum wage/tax package as part of the Iraq War Supplemental (H.R. 2206). The President signed the legislation on Friday, May 25. The House voted 348-73 to add to the Iraq bill a broad package of domestic spending that included the minimum wage, as well as drought relief for farmers, natural disaster relief, and Gulf Coast recovery aid. The Senate then voted 80-14 on the combined Iraq/minimum wage/domestic spending package.

April 10th Immigration Rallies Include Indiana While Compromise is Reached in the Senate - Date: 4/7/2006
RHAI would like to call your attention to a mass rally April 10, 2006 in cities across the country to protest the immigration reform bill as passed in December by the U.S. House of Representatives (HR 4437). So far, rallies are scheduled in 43 cities on the 10th, including Indianapolis. We have also heard that Elkhart is organizing a rally. We know that many Hispanic hospitality workers in Indianapolis have already committed to participate in the rally.

Information on the rally is available at http://www.cirnow.org/content/en/april10_200 6.htm.

2006 Legislative Brief - Date: 1/16/2006
Although we are well into the first half of the legislative session and most committees have had one or two meetings already, the three bills of interest to us came out late last week. We have one big issue on our plate- family meals/food & beverage taxes. We also have two easier issues to support- liability from consumption of food and alcohol server training.
National Restaurant Association Applauds House of Representatives for Protecting Restaurants from Burdensome OSHA Regulations - Date: 8/18/2005
The National Restaurant Association praises the U.S. House of Representatives for passing two important workplace health and safety bills that would reduce regulatory burdens facing small businesses, without sacrificing any related protections under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Legislative Session in Review - Date: 5/23/2005
Reflecting upon this past legislative session, it often seemed we were facing more challenges than anything else. Between the family meals/food & beverage tax proposals at the legislature and smoking ban legislation at the local level, we found ourselves looking to the support of our members to really drive home our position with elected officials. For your involvement and persistence over the past months, we thank you. Following, you’ll find a complete review of this past legislative session.
H-2B Visa Relief -- Victory! - Date: 5/23/2005
We are very pleased to announce that the President has signed the “Save our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2005” into law. This H2B Visa Reform legislation, (S. 352/H.R. 793) was added to the supplemental Iraq/Afghanistan spending bill (H.R. 1268), which was signed into law (Public Law 109-13) by the president yesterday.
New cooking rules for 14,15-year-olds take effect - Date: 2/24/2005
New U.S. Department of Labor regulations spelling out permissible kitchen and cooking duties for 14- and 15-year-old employees kick in Feb. 14.
Family Meals/Food & Beverage Tax Fight Not Over - Date: 2/10/2005
On Tuesday, February 9th, House Ways and Means Chairman Jeff Espich, R-Uniondale, told the Indianapolis Star he had abandoned a proposal that would have allowed every city, town and county in Indiana to impose Family Meals/Food and Beverage taxes.
Restaurant Action Alert- Stop new Family Meals Taxes! - Date: 1/20/2005
Legislation to allow any city or county to adopt a new 1% sales tax on food sold in restaurants is pending in the House Ways & Means Committee. Because this tax hits working families, low-income citizens, and senior citizens the hardest we refer to it as the “Family Meals Tax”.

If you are as tired as we are about our industry being a target for increased taxes and regulation you can help to stop this legislation.

Tax on Businesses That Manufacture, Distribute, or Sell Beverage Alcohol Products Suspended - Date: 11/9/2004
HR 4520, The Jumpstart Our American Business Bill, or JOBS Bill, recently passed in the United States Congress, along with a provision to suspend the collection of the Special Occupational Tax (SOT) from July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2008.
Congress is Back in Session! - Date: 9/21/2004
Both the House of Representatives and the Senate returned to Washington from the August recess on Tuesday, September 7th. Here are some of the issues that Congress will address this session.
Industry's top HR execs to be briefed on overtime - Date: 4/19/2004
Members of the National Restaurant Association's Human Resources Executive Study Group are expected to be among the first business leaders to hear a detailed breakdown of new federal overtime regulations.
Business owners see benefits of 2003 tax relief - Date: 4/19/2004
As the deadline to file income taxes looms, restaurateurs have fewer reasons this year to dread April 15. The reason: A $350 billion tax reform bill Congress approved last May provided several economic boosts for businesses, as well as income-tax rate reductions for individuals and businesses that file at individual rates. The benefits include a bonus depreciation allowance and higher expensing thresholds.
NRA opposes proposed shrimp tariff - Date: 4/19/2004
An anti-dumping petition proposed by the Southern Shrimp Alliance could threaten restaurant owners' ability to offer affordable shrimp appetizers and entrees. The petition, filed by a small segment of the domestic shrimp industry, aims to place tariffs on shrimp imported from six countries. The shrimp processors and farmers in the alliance contend that Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Thailand and Vietnam flood the U.S. market with excessively cheap frozen warm-water shrimp and canned warm-water shrimp. The members of the Southern Shrimp Alliance assert that imported shrimp prices are 30 percent to 200 percent lower than domestic products.
End of Session Report - Date: 4/5/2004
Overall, the 2004 legislative session was a success for Indiana's restaurant and hospitality industry. Although we were successful in defeating several critical pieces of legislation, we must now set our sights on what will be a very challenging 2005 legislative session.
Gov't Announcement on Visas Impacts Industry - Date: 3/29/2004
A federally-mandated limit on seasonal visas for temporary foreign workers could prevent some restaurants and other businesses from having the staff they need to open their doors this vacation season, some tourism-industry operators fear.
Session Ends With Victory! - Date: 3/8/2004
No new food & beverage taxes!
Despite attempts by local governments to increase tax revenue at the expense of the restaurant and hospitality industry, all food and beverage tax proposals were defeated.
Food & Beverage Tax Stopped For Now! - Date: 2/23/2004
HB 1282 is halted in Senate Finance Committee Hearing. Thanks to your active involvement and the hard work of your Association staff, HB 1282, the food and beverage tax bill, was stopped in the Senate Finance Committee hearing today.
What's Your Take on Minimum Wage? - Date: 2/19/2004
An increase in the federal minimum wage... what's your take?
ACT NOW!!! Food & Beverage Tax Is Passed By The House - Date: 2/10/2004
HB 1282, a bill that would authorize a 1% sales tax on food and beverages to fund Regional Transportation Authorities, was passed by the Indiana House of Representatives. Currently, the only Regional Transportation Authority is in Lake County, but that can easily change.
Syrup Tax Proposal Will Be Heard!  - Date: 1/27/2004
Act Now! House Bill 1164, which would impose taxes on the distributors, manufacturers, or wholesalers of nonnutritive beverages (primarily soft drinks), will be heard by the House Human Affairs Committee this Wednesday, January 28, at 1:30 p.m., in the House Chambers.
Legislative Leadership Day Postponed - Date: 1/26/2004
Due to new security procedures implemented on the 3rd floor of the Indiana State House where we had planned to hold the "Taste of Hoosier Hospitality" event, the 2004 Hospitality Leadership Day scheduled for next Tuesday, January 27, has been postponed.
National Restaurant Association Commends President's Support of Immigration Reform - Date: 1/26/2004
The National Restaurant Association commended President Bush for his proposal on immigration reform.
Legislative Victory - Your Association At Work - Date: 1/23/2004
As a result of persistent and effective lobbying and grassroots efforts by RHAI, the initial threat of local option food and beverage taxes was defeated.
RHAI Efforts Pay Off! Local Option Food and Beverage Tax Stripped From HB 1008 - Date: 1/6/2004
As a result of persistent and effective lobbying and grassroots efforts by RHAI, the threat of local option food and beverage taxes was defeated.
Legislative News From The NRA's Go-Gazette - Date: 11/10/2003
GOP Leader Urges Operators to Push Legal Reform - Date: 10/8/2003
Encouraging 600+ restaurateurs that they have the power to make a difference, Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) asked operators on Sept. 15 to take a strong message to their lawmakers about the need for legal reform.
Tort Reform Advocate Lauds Industry's Efforts - Date: 10/8/2003
Legal-reform champion Victor Schwartz congratulated the National Restaurant Association and the restaurant industry for waging a savvy, successful campaign so far in the battle over obesity-related lawsuits.
"Common Sense Prevails" Says National Restaurant Association in Response to Dismissal of Obesity Lawsuit - Date: 10/8/2003
National Restaurant Association President and Chief Executive Officer Steven C. Anderson issued the following statement in response to U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet's decision to dismiss – for the second time this year – a lawsuit filed against a quickservice restaurant company.
Restaurateurs Deliver Strong Message to Congress - Date: 10/8/2003
More than 600 restaurateurs visited their U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday as part of the National Restaurant Association GO-Network’s 18th Annual Public Affairs Conference. The restaurateurs' message to their elected officials was simple: Enact legislation to empower, not burden, them.
Make An Impact! - Date: 9/9/2003
Join your fellow Hoosier Restaurateurs at the 2003 National Restaurant Association's Public Affairs Conference on September 15-17 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC.
National Restaurant Association Commends House For Passage Of Association Health Plans Legislation - Date: 8/5/2003
The National Restaurant Association applauds the efforts of the House of Representatives for passing the Association Health Plan (AHPs) legislation, saying they are now a step closer to affordable health care.
Teen Break Law Update - Date: 8/5/2003
The Indiana Department of Labor recently issued directives regarding the new teen break legislation. 
Industry Scores Victory in Overtime Reform - Date: 8/5/2003
The restaurant industry recently scored a victory in overtime reform by helping to defeat a provision aimed at derailing the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) efforts to modernize 50-year old regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL regulations in question are used to define exemptions from overtime pay for executive, administrative and professional "white-collar" employees.
National Restaurant Association Board Member Urges House Judiciary Subcommittee To Support Legislation Preventing Frivolous Lawsuits Against Restaurants - Date: 7/9/2003
In its continuing efforts to promote sensible solutions for healthy lifestyles and to support litigation reform, National Restaurant Association Board member Christianne Ricchi, owner of Ristorante i Ricchi (Washington, DC) testified June 19 before the Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.
National Restaurant Association Commends House For Passage Of Association Health Plans Legislation - Date: 7/9/2003
The National Restaurant Association applauds the efforts of the House of Representatives for passing the Association Health Plan (AHPs) legislation, saying they are now a step closer to affordable health care. 
News From The Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) - Date: 6/18/2003
Public Law 250 of 2003 states "a person may not sell or otherwise distribute in exchange for consideration a tobacco product at retail without a valid tobacco sales certificate issued by the commission." This new law will go into effect on July 1, 2003.
President Bush's Tax Cut to Benefit Industry - Date: 6/18/2003
The House of Representatives and Senate agreed to the third largest tax cut in history on May 23 after Vice President Cheney broke the Senate tie. The Jobs and Growth Reconciliation Tax Act of 2003 became law on Wednesday May 28 when signed by President Bush.
National Restaurant Association Applauds Passage of President's Economic Growth Package - Date: 5/30/2003
Washington, DC) Underscoring the importance of the restaurant industry to the nation's economy, the National Restaurant Association today applauded the passage of the "Jobs and Growth Reconciliation Tax Act of 2003" by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The Association has long supported the President's plan because it will stimulate jobs and economic growth for American workers and their families.
New Teen Labor Law In Effect - Date: 5/22/2003
Governor O'Bannon recently signed SB 120, making it Public Law 199 last week. Public Law 199 addresses the issue of required rest breaks for minors in the work force. The bill is in response to a House Enrolled Act 1367 of 2001 which mandated a rest break of thirty minutes for an employee under the age of eighteen who is scheduled to work at least six hours. It further required the rest break be during the third and fifth hour of the scheduled shift. Public Law 199 will change the law in four different ways.
Indy Smoking Ban On Hold - Date: 5/22/2003
The rules committee of the Indianapolis City-County Council tabled the proposed smoking ban at its meeting on Tuesday, May 13 (click here to view and print a copy of the introduced version of Proposal 122). A study committee comprised of interested parties from all sides of the issue is being formed for the purpose of reaching a compromise. John Livengood, RHAI President, will serve on the committee.
National Restaurant Association Applauds Continued Congressional Effort to Stop Unfair IRS "Guess-timates" - Date: 5/16/2003
The National Restaurant Association today applauded the efforts of Reps. Wally Herger (R-CA) and John Tanner (D-TN) for reintroducing the "Tip Tax Fairness Act." The legislation was originally introduced during the 107th Congress in response to a June 2002 Supreme Court ruling which granted the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) authority to conduct employer-only audits and assessments to determine the amount of FICA taxes owed on allegedly underreported tips.
President Bush Meets With Association CEO, Board Members - Date: 5/2/2003
National Restaurant Association President and Chief Executive Officer Steven C. Anderson on April 15 met with President George W. Bush to discuss the president's economic-growth package Congress plans to take up following the Easter/Passover recess.
Alert: Regional, Federal Chamber Scam - Date: 4/8/2003
A pair of related groups, identified as the "Regional Chamber of Commerce" and "Federal Chamber of Commerce," are attempting to dishonestly solicit funds from businesses in Indiana
Operating In A Wartime Climate - Date: 4/8/2003
The National Restaurant Association has compiled a booklet, "Operating in a Wartime Climate," with ideas and resources for restaurateurs to show support of servicemen and women whose job it is to defend this great nation. Whether it is properly displaying the American flag, knowing how to respond when employees are called up for active duty or showing support through marketing and promotional ideas, there are myriad ways to reach out and make a difference. Click here to view and print the booklet
Government Data Underscores Saftey Of Working In Eating-And-Drinking Places - Date: 3/4/2003
The restaurant industry is one of the safest in which to work, with the incidence of injuries occurring in eating-and-drinking places below the overall rate for retail trade and major retail trade segments, according to National Restaurant Association analysis of newly released government data. Click here to read the government report.
1802 Passes House; On To Senate - Date: 3/4/2003
HB 1802 has passed the House by a slim margin of 53 - 40 and moves to the Senate - we still have a lot of work to do before it becomes law.
Member News

Restaurant Industry Awards: Recognizing the Role of Restaurants in Their Communities - Date: 10/30/2013
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Big 10 and Scottys Brewhouse Dribble in Pink - Date: 4/2/2009
Member Makes IBJs 40 Under Forty - Date: 4/2/2009
IRA Members participate in Taste of Elegance - Date: 4/2/2009
Member Makes IBJ's 40 Under Forty - Date: 4/1/2009
Henry Kurkowski, President of eWireless was recently doubly honored for both his business leadership and his community service to Indianapolis. Henry was named as one of the Indianapolis Business Journals 40 Under Forty list for 2009 which salutes professionals of noteworthy achievement younger than age 40 throughout central Indiana.
Baskin-Robbins to Expand Presence in Indiana - Date: 2/18/2009
World's tallest water ride coming to Holiday - Date: 2/17/2009
Dine at Palomino – help an industry employee - Date: 2/17/2009
Scotty's Brewhouse wins Neighbor Award - Date: 2/17/2009
Ray Kavanaugh Honored - Date: 7/28/2008
Greg Hardesty Wins 1st Annual Cooking for Cause Competition - Date: 7/28/2008
The Oceanaire Seafood Room Receives DiRoNA Recognition - Date: 7/28/2008
IRA Member Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine - Date: 7/28/2008
IRS Gives Storm Victims More Time to File and Pay - Date: 7/28/2008
Enhanced Federal Disaster Assistance Available - Date: 7/28/2008
Culinary Tourism: Meet the Media - Date: 7/28/2008
Small Business Economic Stimulus - Date: 7/28/2008
Members in the News - Date: 5/19/2008
Second Helpings, Cafe Patachou, Scotty's Brewhouse, and more...
RHAI Board Member, Larry Griggers recognized for Contributions - Date: 11/19/2007
Larry Griggers whisks past the bar of his restaurant and, unexpectedly, is handed a glass of wine to try. He sniffs, savors a taste and gets a twinkle in his eyes.

He moves on to the dining room, adorned with exquisite Mardi Gras masks, and points to the secret door that Peyton Manning uses on the nights he wants to eat without being seen. He then strolls into the men's room filled with portraits of Marilyn Monroe and the fine decor that Griggers handpicked himself. After years of toiling in finance and billion-dollar oil and gas companies, Griggers finally is doing what he loves: running one of the city's most popular fine-dining experiences, Ruth's Chris Steak House.
Job Postings That Work - Date: 10/31/2007
Stop Posting and Start Selling

Sure, the Internet has made advertising job opportunities easier and more cost-effective. And it’s a simple process too. But the ease of posting jobs has made many forget the true purpose of advertising – to sell.

Ryan Craig Named Director of Operations for Ruth’s Chris Steak House - Date: 10/31/2007
Restaurants target of data-security push - Date: 10/31/2007
eWireless Partners with Restaurant & Hospitality Association of Indiana - Date: 2/23/2007
Indianapolis based eWireless is partnering with the Indiana Restaurant and Hospitality Association of Indiana to help bring a technological advantage to its membership.
Nominations Being Sought for RHAI Restaurant Hall of Fame - Date: 2/23/2007
Get Involved - Send In Your Nominations Today For Restaurateur Hall of Fame Award
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Oyster Bar Promotes Healthier Eating - Date: 2/23/2007
Steak n Shake to Donate Steakburgers - Date: 2/23/2007
In Memoriam: Carl Fogelsong - Date: 2/22/2007
In Memoriam: Leo Legrotte - Date: 2/22/2007
John Livengood named Association Executive of the Year - Date: 12/19/2006
John Livengood, President and CEO of the Restaurant & Hospitality Association of Indiana, was recognized for his leadership and professionalism by the Indiana Society of Association Executives at their recent Awards Banquet. John, a past President of ISAE, was presented with the Association Executive of the Year Award -- one of the highest honors bestowed by ISAE.

Congratulations to John on this recognition of his dedication and commitment to the Association community.
Restaurant Member Celebrates Anniversary - Date: 12/19/2006
Oakley’s Celebrates Their Fourth Anniversary!
AAA Four Diamonds Awarded to Danielli Restaurant at the Canterbury Hotel - Date: 12/19/2006
Seventh consecutive AWARD for downtown landmark hotel.

Danielli Restaurant and Art Gallery continues the tradition of AAA Four Diamonds at the Canterbury Hotel. Canterbury Hotel’s restaurant, as well as its overall Food and Beverage remain the only recipient of this award in downtown Indianapolis seven years straight.

RHAI Member Ray Kavanaugh Receives Champion of Education Award - Date: 8/17/2006
Ray Kavanaugh, RHAI Board Member, was recently presented with the Champion of Education Awards at the International Council of Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE) conference in Crystal City, Virginia...

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Conner Prairie's Gingerbread Village Competition - Date: 8/17/2006
The Gingerbread Village is back at Conner Prairie and we want YOU to be a part of it!

Conner Prairie is seeking professional chefs to enter a creation into this year's Gingerbread Village exhibit. Visit us online for more details and to download an entry form.

Questions: Please call 317.776.6000
Do You Serve Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? - Date: 8/17/2006
Bill Lilya, with American Food Treasures & Travel Gems originating out of Albany, Oregon, is currently working with Midwest restaurants to write a story about the history and popularity of the famed pork tenderloin sandwich. He contacted the RHAI asking for any information we might know. If your establishment serves pork tenderloin sandwiches or if you know anything about the history of the sandwich please contact Bill or RHAI and relay the information. His story will be published in travel and tourism magazines and any restaurants who contribute will be promoted in the story...

Scotty's Brewhouse Helps Restaurants For Relief 2 - Date: 8/17/2006
Dining out at Scotty's Brewhouse on August 29th Helps Share Our Strength's Ongoing Hurricane Recovery Efforts

Muncie, Bloomington, West Lafayette, August 10, 2006–On Tuesday, August 29th, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Scotty's Brewhouse will raise funds for Share Our Strength's Restaurants for Relief 2, presented by American Express. This second annual nationwide dine-out program helps Share Our Strength, one of the nation's leading organizations working to end childhood hunger, with its ongoing hurricane recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast region. Diners across the country will enjoy food and drink at thousands of participating restaurants and support this good cause. Scotty's Brewhouse is contributing a portion of our sales to Share Our Strength's hurricane recovery efforts...

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Reminder * Restaurants for Relief 2 Fundraiser on August 29 - Date: 8/17/2006
As you know, we have partnered with Share Our Strength and American Express to support Restaurants for Relief 2, a nationwide dine-out campaign, to benefit the Gulf Coast region on August 29, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina...

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2 families, Long Bonded by More than Dough - Date: 8/17/2006
There are countless stories behind the six words on the message board over the front door of Arni's restaurant at Market Square shopping center in Lafayette.

In red plastic letters, the sign reads "Arni and Bruno Legendary Pizza Pair."

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Hats off to Ruth's Chris North - Date: 7/31/2006
Ruth's Chris Steak House has named Indianapolis North restaurant as its Franchise of the Year. In addition, Jeanne Chandler was named General Manager of the Year and Chef Dan Dunville was named Chef of the Year. Congratulations to Ruth's Chris north side team!
Restaurant Community Mourns Loss of Chef Marlon Lyle - Date: 7/31/2006
The restaurant community lost more than a chef when Marlon M. Lyle died May 14. It also lost a friend...

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Second Annual Downtown Indy Restaurant Week – July 17- 23 - Date: 7/31/2006
The Indianapolis Downtown Restaurant & Hospitality Association started the second annual Downtown Indy Restaurant Week with a kick-off benefit for Second Helpings...

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McCormick & Schmicks Wins Level Vodka Drink Contest - Date: 7/31/2006
This year's Second Annual Indy Restaurant Week launched Monday July 17th at One Emmis Plaza on Monument Circle at the first-ever Indy Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event. One of the highlights of this gala was the unveiling of the Drink Contest winner sponsored by Level Vodka...

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RHAI Names Restaurant Neighbor Award Recipients - Date: 7/31/2006
The Restaurant & Hospitality Association of Indiana today announced two state winners for the eighth annual Restaurant Neighbor Award...

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IndianaOvernight.com - Date: 7/31/2006
Traveling in Indiana? Use IndianaOvernight.com to look for restaurants, hotels, airfares and car rentals anywhere in Indiana. Register now for free at Indianaovernight.com.
Reinier Block Named General Manager at the Circle City Bar & Grille - Date: 4/12/2006
Reinier Blok, a Dutch native and 10-year veteran of the internationalrestaurant scene, has been named General Manager ofthe Indianapolis Marriott Downtown’s upscale dining establishment, Circle City Bar & Grille.
Repeat Winner at Hoosier Taste of Elegance, RHAI Member - Date: 2/15/2006
Steven J. Oakley of Oakley's Bistro, Indianapolis, Ind., took top honors for the second time at the Taste of Elegance Chef's Competition held January 31 in Indianapolis. Sponsored by the Indiana Pork Producers Association in partnership with the Indiana Farm Bureau and the Indiana Soybean Board, the 10th annual chef's competition encourages Indiana chefs to design innovative ways to feature pork in white tablecloth entree dishes in their restaurants.
RHAI Members in the News - Date: 12/15/2005
Three RHAI members honored with Governor’s Half Century Business Award,The Glass Chimney receives Carmel Chamber Award, R Bistro chef and owner featured in Indianapolis Monthly, and Culver's raises more than $250,000 during multistate 'Day of Warmth.'
RHAI Member Meets With Congressman - Date: 12/15/2005
By getting involved one on one with legislators, restaurateurs can help make a difference in this next legislative session. Scott Wise, RHAI Board Member and owner of Scotty’s Brewhouse, recently had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Mike Pense, and discuss two “hot button” issues in the restaurant industry.
RHAI Endorsed Provider, Heartland Payment Systems, to Expand with New State-of-the-Art Facility in Southern Indiana, Creating 320 New Jobs - Date: 11/15/2005
RHAI Endorsed Provider, Heartland Payment Systems Inc. (HPS), an emerging leader in the payments processing industry, is expanding its service center currently located in the Youngstown Shopping Center in Jeffersonville, Ind., to better service its rapidly growing customer base of 106,000 merchants and 970 sales professionals nationwide (as of Sept. 30, 2005).
Scotty's Brewhouse Collects Toys for Tots - Date: 11/15/2005
Scotty’s Brewhouse, Inc. is now a drop off location for Toys for Tots! Since 1996, Scotty’s is down to earth and here to serve the people of our communities! The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help needy children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation's most valuable natural resources - our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.
RHAI Member, Penguin Point Switches to Trans Fat Free Cooking - Date: 8/18/2005
Warsaw based Penguin point Franchise Systems Inc. recently announced that is has switched its deep fry cooking oil from an all vegetable cooking oil to a trans fat free oil.
Member Spotlight: St. Elmo Steak House, Indianapolis - Date: 5/23/2005
Holiday World Launches First Theme Park Blog - Date: 4/15/2005
SANTA CLAUS, IN- With the advent of Weblogs sweeping the nation, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari today launch the industry’s first park-sponsored “blog.”

Named “HoliBlog: A Walk in the Park,” the online journal will include stories about the park’s 59-year history, construction updates, hints about future projects, and day-to-day musings.

Thomas Smith, Chef of RHAI Member Oakley’s Bistro Wins Pork Competition - Date: 2/24/2005
Thomas Smith, Chef de Cuisine, Oakley's Bistro, Indianapolis, Ind., took top honors at the Taste of Elegance Chef's Competition held February 22 in Indianapolis.
Westin Indianapolis Wins Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Award - Date: 2/24/2005
Mayor Bart Peterson awarded the Westin Indianapolis and five other businesses with the annual Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Award on January 26, 2005.
Bob Evans Good Neighbor Spotlight - Date: 2/4/2005
Restaurateurs are a vital part of communities all across the state of Indiana. With a dedication to service, they can significantly impact their local community in a very positive way. We are proud of our members who have committed themselves to making a difference through community involvement and service. Take a look at how one of your fellow members showed their commitment.
Good Neighbor Spotlight - Date: 12/1/2004
Restaurateurs are a vital part of communities all across the state of Indiana. With a dedication to service, they can significantly impact their local community in a very positive way. We are proud of our members who have committed themselves to making a difference through community involvement and service. Take a look at how your fellow members are showing their commitment.
Congratulations to Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, winner of the International Applause Award - Date: 12/1/2004
Exactly a year after becoming a finalist in the theme park industry's coveted Applause Awards, Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana, was named the 2004-2005 winner of the international award.
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis GM Wins Major Honor - Date: 12/1/2004
David Jacobs, general manager of Hyatt Regency Indianapolis recently received Hyatt's 2004 Donald N. Pritzker Award of Excellence, General Manager of the Year.
DERBY-PIE,® a slice of Kentucky History, turns 50 - Date: 12/1/2004
Kern's Kitchen, Inc. officially announced the fiftieth anniversary of DERBY-PIE® Chocolate Nut Pie, the hand-crafted specialty pastry that has become a Kentucky icon.
Midwest POS Solutions Inc. Acquires Fort Wayne Point of Sale Systems Company - Date: 11/9/2004
Murray Bartholome, CEO of Midwest POS Solutions, Inc., recently announced the acquisition of First Automated Systems of Fort Wayne.
Employee Benefit Managers Provides RHAI Members with Money Saving Discounts on Health Benefit Rates - Date: 11/9/2004
Employee Benefit Managers, the RHAI endorsed provider for healthcare benefits, can provide you with competitive rates combined with your RHAI member discount.
Curbside Pick-up Fuels Sales for RHAI Members, Outback Steakhouse and Applebee's - Date: 10/15/2004
As the new drive-thru trend, curbside pickup catches on with consumers, RHAI members, Applebee's and Outback Steakhouse boast additional sales of up to 10%.
National Restaurant Association Announces 2004 Restaurant Neighbor Award Winners - Date: 10/15/2004
The National Restaurant Association announced the winners of the sixth annual Restaurant Neighbor Award during the Association's 19th Annual Public Affairs Conference in Washington, DC, emphasizing the important role restaurants play as a cornerstone of community service.
RHAI member featured on Food Network - Date: 9/21/2004
The Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort and Inn of Indianapolis was featured on an episode of the Food Network's show 'Food Finds.' The episode, titled "Racing Around Indiana" aired on Sept. 16 and Sept. 17.
Oakley's Bistro Receives National Attention - Date: 9/21/2004
Oakley's Bistro, at 1464 W. 86th St., was listed among casual-chic eateries in September's annual restaurant issue of Bon Appetit magazine.
Congratulations to Arni’s, winner of the 2004 Indiana Restaurant Neighbor Award - Date: 9/2/2004
RHAI is pleased to announce that Arni’s is the 2004 winner of the Indiana Restaurant Neighbor Award.
One World Enterprises honors Delco Products as
“Partner of the Year” - Date: 9/2/2004

Independent foodservice operator One World Enterprises recently honored Indianapolis based Delco Products as their “Partner of the Year.”
Applebee's Restaurants Go Smoke Free - Date: 5/14/2004
Applebee's and Johnny Carino's restaurants operated by Thomas and King, Inc. are planning on instituting a no-smoking policy in Indiana and four other states. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mike Scanlon says the no-smoking policy will start by the end of the month in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Member News - Date: 4/26/2004
- RHAI Member Crystal Food Service Operating Marsh's First Restaurant

- RHAI Member Opens New Conference Center and Hotel
Wolfgang Puck Part of Expansion at Indianapolis Museum of Art - Date: 4/5/2004
Chef Wolfgang Puck's catering company has been chosen to operate a new restaurant and cafe in the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Save the Date! - Date: 2/23/2004
RHAI's annual golf outing has just been scheduled for Tuesday, July 27, 2003.
Shake It Up At the 2004 Hoosier Hospitality Conference - Don't Wait To Register! - Date: 1/26/2004
The 2004 Hoosier Hospitality Conference is right around the corner! Find out what's shakin' in Indiana's hospitality industry by attending Indiana's only all-industry educational and networking conference for hospitality professionals.
National Restaurant Association Members Can Now Register Online to Attend 2004 Restaurant/Hotel-Motel Show - Date: 1/26/2004
The National Restaurant Association recently announced that complimentary online registration for Association members to attend the 2004 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, held May 22-25, 2004, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., is now available at the Show Web site, www.restaurant.org/show.
National Restaurant Association Membership Soars To 315,000 Restaurants - Date: 1/26/2004
According to a year-end report presented by National Restaurant Association President and Chief Executive Officer Steven C. Anderson at the Association's annual winter Board of Directors meeting, its membership has expanded to 315,000 restaurant locations in 2003.
Members In the News - Date: 12/29/2003
Two members featured in the Indianapolis Star Long standing member, The Restaurant at the Canterbury, and new member, Oceanaire Seafood Room, were featured in recent issues of the Indianapolis Star.
Member News - Iaria's is Re-Opening - Date: 12/10/2003
Indianapolis' Iaria's reopened in November after a five month closing to "spruce" things up. Iaria's was always a "neighborhood restaurant" where locals could count on authentic Italian food, big meatballs, homemade sausage and bowls of spaghetti.
Members in the News! - Date: 10/21/2003
Two RHAI member were recently featured in nationwide restaurant magazines! Board member and NRA Director Russ Adams, Strongbow Inn, appeared in Restaurant Hospitality's September issue for his "Timeless Turkey" and Ted Bulthaup, Hollywood Bar and Filmworks, was featured in Restaurant Business for the design of his recently opened Hollywood Boulevard in Illinois.   
Language a hurdle for health officials - Date: 7/9/2003
Some of Indiana's ethnic restaurants face an increasing challenge in complying with food-safety regulations because language barriers and cultural differences make it difficult to communicate with health officials. Restaurants with employees who are not native English speakers are often among those in greatest need of help.
Bob Evans Makes Employer of Choice List - Date: 7/9/2003
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and Coca-Cola North America honored recipients of the 2003 Employer of Choice Awards. A component of the Resource Center for Workforce Solutions, these awards honor those restaurant and foodservice operators that truly understand that enhancing employee satisfaction ultimately leads to achieving guest satisfaction. All winners including RHAI member Bob Evans, were honored at the 2003 Employer of Choice Awards Breakfast held Monday, May 19, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, during the 2003 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. 
Top McDonald's Restaurant Managers Honored With Fourth Annual Ray Kroc Award - Date: 7/9/2003
McDonald's hosted the fourth annual Ray Kroc Awards gala on May 29, 2003 at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida. This year's event recognized 129 restaurant managers from across the nation. Indiana had three winners: Brian Coleman- Indianapolis, Jean Smith- Indianapolis, and Todd Stinson- Jeffersonville.
St. Elmo Steak House Makes Top 100 List - Date: 5/2/2003
Restaurants and Institutions recently announced its 20th annual "Top 100 Independent Restaurants." The list serves to recognize America's best independents who, despite the poor economy, continue to succeed.
Snooty Fox Turns Twenty - Date: 5/2/2003
Started in May of 1983 by brothers Tim and Quentin Queisser, Snooty Fox has served the Nora and Indianapolis community for the last 20 years.
LaSalle Grill Takes On $200,000 Renovation - Date: 5/2/2003
RHAI board member and owner of LaSalle Grill in South Bend, Mark McDonnell, is investing $200,000 in a renovation project that includes changes to the dining room, restroom and exterior facade.
RHAI Members Recognized for Excellence by 2003 Choice in Chains Survey - Date: 4/28/2003
Restaurants and Institutions conducted its 20th annual "Choice in Chains" survey that placed RHAI members on top. Members such as, the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Texas Roadhouse and Red Lobster were judged among 95 chains in 13 categories.
Purdue Is No. 1 ... AGAIN! - Date: 3/4/2003
Purdue University's hospitality and tourism management undergraduate program has been ranked first nationally by a survey published in the December issue of the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education.
RHAI's Helpful Web Picks Of The Month - Date: 3/4/2003
The Restaurant Doctor
This site is full of links and online resources that can help you improve your operations.

eSelnet Foodservice
Looking for new or used restaurant equipment? This site has just about anything you're looking for.
Regulatory News

Safe Food Handling During Power Outages - Date: 1/31/2011
There is a greater risk for power outages during inclement weather. Read tips for safe food handling during power outages.
Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Re-authorization, and Job Creation Act Passes - Date: 12/17/2010
The House and Senate have passed the "Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010" (H.R. 4853)...
The NRA Remains Committed to Members' Concerns Over Health Care Reform - Date: 10/5/2010
The National Restaurant Association continues to fight for the restaurant industry as federal agencies issue more rules to implement the new health care law. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, enacted by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, will change the way businesses provide and individuals purchase health insurance.

While most of the health care reform rules take effect in 2014, some health insurance reform changes go into effect before then. On June 28, 2010 the U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health & Human Services published temporary regulations and asked for comments on some of the changes that take effect Sept. 23, 2010.
Shell Egg Salmonella Outbreak [Updated] - Date: 8/20/2010
The recent nationwide shell egg outbreak has received considerable attention. Eggs affected by the expanded recall were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in California, Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Texas, Georgia, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Illinois, Utah, Nebraska, Arkansas, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.

The Allergy Issue : The number of consumers suffering from food allergies is growing. Are you making menu promises you cant keep? - Date: 7/8/2010
Pregnant Restaurant Staff: Are They Entitled to Special Treatment? - Date: 7/8/2010
Indy's Kitchen Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Date: 7/8/2010
Tackling Twitter and FaceBook: Ten Tips Owners Must Know - Date: 6/10/2010
Health Care Reform: Group Health Plan Coverage Of Adult Children - Date: 6/10/2010
Your Business is at a Disadvantage Without a "Green" Insurance Endorsement - Date: 6/10/2010
IRS Offers Details on New Small Business Health Care Tax Credit - Date: 6/10/2010
Payment processing trends: What every operator should know - Date: 6/1/2010
Two New Tax Benefits Aid Employers Who Hire and Retain Unemployed Workers - Date: 3/23/2010
Two new tax benefits are now available to employers hiring workers who were previously unemployed or only working part time. These provisions are part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act enacted into law today.
IRS Live Webinar: Tips on Tip Reporting - Date: 3/4/2010
Webinar: March 24, 2010 at 2PM Eastern
IRS panel discussion among IRA experts and industry professionals discussing Tips on Tip Reporting: Filing Form 8027, Employers Annual Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips
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IRS Extends Food Industry Tip Reporting Program - Date: 12/1/2009
The Internal Revenue Service today extended for an additional two years its program that simplifies the recordkeeping burden for reporting tip income in the food and beverage industry.
More Confirmed Cases of Flu Outbreak in Indiana - Date: 5/1/2009
Indiana now has 3 confirmed cases of H1N1 (Swine Flu). There remains are over 30 samples waiting for testing. There have been 141 confirmed cases in the United States. County health departments are receiving shipments of antiviral drugs as officials prepare to treat possible cases of the H1N1 swine flu virus. State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe says Indiana has a stockpile of more than 850,000 antiviral drugs. The Hoosier State also was among the first to receive extra medication from a federal stockpile.
Swine Flu Reaches Elevated Alert - Date: 4/28/2009
By now you have heard about the recent swine influenza situation. The World Health Organization (WHO) has elevated the influenza pandemic alert from phase 3 to phase 4. Phases 4-6 signal the need for response and mitigation efforts. Phase 4 is characterized by verified human-to-human transmission of an animal or human-animal influenza reassortant virus able to cause "community-level outbreaks." The ability to cause sustained disease outbreaks in a community marks a significant upwards shift in the risk for a pandemic, it does not necessarily mean that a pandemic is a forgone conclusion.
Take a Lesson from Disney - Date: 4/2/2009
Protect Yourself from Wage and Hour Lawsuits - Date: 4/2/2009
Guest Satisfaction and Restaurant Performance - Date: 2/18/2009
Welcoming Guests With Food Allergies to Restaurants Eating Out With Food Allergies Is a Challenge, But Everyone Can Do Their Part - Date: 2/17/2009
SUBWAY(R) restaurant participates in the ENERGY STAR campaign - Date: 2/17/2009
Handling, Removal, and Disposal of Mexican-grown Jalapeño and Serrano Peppers due to Salmonella Saintpaul Hazard - Date: 8/4/2008
FDA is currently asking retailers and food service operators to respond immediately to remove and secure for disposal fresh (raw) jalapeño and serrano peppers grown, harvested or packed in Mexico, making sure that all such peppers are not inadvertently made available for use, purchase, salvage or donation and therefore preventing any possibility for human or animal consumption.
FDA Advises Against Consumption of American Lobster (Maine Lobster) Tomalley - Date: 7/31/2008
Regulators find dangerous levels of toxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning
ADA Regulatory Changes Proposed: Substantial Re-write of 1990 Disabilities Law - Date: 7/29/2008
FMLA Check-Up - Date: 7/28/2008
Supreme Court Sides with Workers - Date: 7/28/2008
NRA Web Site Features PCI Compliance - Date: 5/19/2008
Find out what you need to know to secure data.
New I-9 Form Required - Date: 3/7/2008
All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each new employee hired in the United States. After December 26, 2007, employers who fail to use the new Form I-9 may be subject to all applicable penalties.
NRA Forecast - Date: 3/3/2008
The NRA's annual Restaurant Industry Forecast is the industry's leading source for economic, workforce, operational, consumer and menu trends for the coming year.
Amendments to Family and Medical Leave Act Expands Coverage for Military Families : New required poster needed - Date: 3/3/2008
On January 28, 2008, President Bush signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (H.R. 4986). Included in the Act are amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 ("FMLA") which provide additional leave benefits to eligible relatives of military servicemembers. The Act does not provide an effective date, thus the presumption is the amendments to the FMLA are to take effect immediately. Therefore, Employers should review and revise their FMLA policies and procedures as soon as possible.
65 Percent of Fast Food Restaurants Report Increased Employment in Q4 - Date: 11/19/2007
Despite a labor shortage and looming unemployment rate, turnover and recruiting problems are slowly subsiding.
National Restaurant Association Praises Governor Schwarzenegger for Vetoing Menu Labeling Bill - Date: 10/31/2007
The National Restaurant Association praised California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for his veto of SB 120, a bill passed by the state legislature last month requiring menu labeling throughout California's restaurants. The following is a statement from Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association:

"By vetoing this legislation, Governor Schwarzenegger shows an understanding that this bill would have placed unrealistic mandates on restaurateurs. The ordering, preparation and delivery process for restaurant food is uniquely different than purchasing packaged foods in a grocery store and therefore a one-size-fits-all mandate is not the answer."
Alcohol Sales on Election Day - Date: 10/31/2007
New "No-Match" Rules Blocked - Date: 10/31/2007
Restaurants & Institutions Webcast: Getting “Green” - Date: 10/25/2007
What Consumers Want; How Operators are Responding

Date: October 30, 2007
Time: 10:00 AM Central Daylight Time

The Restaurant & Hospitality Association's endorsed Worker's Compensation Dividend Program through Farmers Insurance completed its 12th anniversary recently and will distribute checks totaling over $19,000 to members in the program. These dividends were for calculations for the year 2003-04. Over the life of this program over $175,000 has been distributed to members who participate in the program.

If you would like more information on how to become part of the Restaurant & Hospitality Association's Worker's Compensation Dividend Program, please contact Tom Johnson at 800-678-1957 or Sam Goldstein at Farmers Insurance, 317-582-1772.
While songwriting may not be the world's oldest profession, it could well be the most misunderstood. Many business owners who play music in their establishments are introduced to the songwriting profession when they receive their first letter or phone call from one of America's performing right organizations, such as BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc).

Scam Alert: Police search for health inspector impersonator - Date: 6/20/2007
Police in Logansport are looking for a man who impersonated a public health inspector at a Burger King.

Watch the digits on customer receipts - Date: 6/20/2007
I wanted to call to your attention a troubling new development on an issue facing retailers nationwide. Confusion over the requirements of a federal law restricting the display of credit- and debit-card digits and expiration dates on customer receipts has resulted in a wave of class-action lawsuits against restaurant companies and commercial retailers.

IRS extends attributed tip income program deadline to June 30 - Date: 6/20/2007
The IRS has extended the 2007 deadline until June 30 for restaurant or beverage businesses to elect to participate in the Attributed Tip Income Program.

Food security checklist available - Date: 6/20/2007
The Indiana State Department of Health has provided a retail security checklist to conduct food security vulnerability assessments. This audit can help you develop a food defense initiative to reduce your exposure to intentional acts of contamination.

Clabber Girl launches new product to work with trans-fat-free oils - Date: 6/20/2007
Terre Haute-based Clabber Girl Corp. says it has developed a product that will help lengthen the life of new trans-fat-free oils and will help food absorb less oil when frying. The company says food cooked in the oils using the OilFlex product will also be much lower in total fat and have a healthier nutritional profile.
Restaurant cameras keep tabs on workers, customers - Date: 2/23/2007
Are you covered? - Date: 2/23/2007
Recent restaurant closings due to foodborne illness outbreaks may have you thinking about your insurance coverage in such an instance. If you were insured under the endorsed RHAI insurance program that type of loss would be covered. Most carriers do not have this coverage.
IRS program can ease tip-reporting hassles - Date: 2/22/2007
S.F. businesses scramble over sick leave law - Date: 2/22/2007
Diners beware of self-servers - Date: 12/19/2006
Restaurant employees sometimes help themselves to your credit card

Restaurant customers filled with a hearty meal and a holiday spirit can be easy prey for credit card fraud.

No matter how good your service is, police and the restaurant industry warn, your server can't always be trusted.

Carmel Assistant Police Chief Timothy Green said the credit card scam recently has generated complaints. Customers told police in Carmel and surrounding communities, Green said, that servers sometimes treat themselves to an unauthorized tip -- or more -- made with a diner's credit card.

Congress Passes Tax Provisions for Restaurants and Employees - Date: 12/19/2006
The National Restaurant Association applauded the House and Senate for passing legislation that provides tax provisions for restaurants and small businesses aimed at repealing the out-dated depreciation schedule for restaurants, as well as tax credits and health savings benefits to assist restaurants and their employees.

Preventive Maintenance is Secret Ingredient to Your Success - Date: 12/19/2006
You’ve been planning your holiday menus for months, but have you planned for kitchen equipment or mechanical system failures? What if your broiler or dish machine breakdown right in the middle of a holiday dinner rush? Or what if your heating system fails on a cold, snowy evening? Preventive maintenance on your kitchen equipment and mechanical systems may be the most important recipe for a profitable holiday season and beyond.

Deaf woman says hearing dog was banned - Date: 12/19/2006
Law says service dogs are allowed in places of public accommodation.

Murray, a little bundle of fluff, goes almost everywhere with Gladys Peterson.

The 16-pound mutt, a mixture of Lhasa apso, Shih Tzu and Pekingese, serves as Peterson's ears, because she has been deaf since birth.

But the two of them, along with a friend, were thrown out of a north-side restaurant recently because the manager apparently never heard of a hearing ear dog and does not know the law.

Digital Music Players Lure Customers, but need BMI License when Played for Public - Date: 12/19/2006
NEW YORK, December 6, 2006 -- With digital music players becoming mainstream around the world, it’s only natural that many American bar, nightclub and restaurant owners are welcoming MP3 players into their establishments as an edgy, easy form of entertainment.

FDA Consumer Advisory on Refrigeration of Carrot Juice - Date: 9/18/2006
Three Cases of Botulism Possibly Caused by Improper Refrigeration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers of the vital importance of keeping carrot juice—including pasteurized carrot juice—refrigerated. There are three cases of botulism in the state of Georgia associated with pasteurized carrot juice that may have been due to the product not being properly refrigerated...

UPDATE: FDA Statement on Foodborne E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak in Spinach - Date: 9/18/2006
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will continue to provide the public with regular updates on the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak each day until further notice...

DHS releases proposals on I-9 storage, no-match letters - Date: 7/31/2006
The Department of Homeland Security issued regulations on two immigration-related matters:
  • Electronic I-9 Forms
  • No-match letters

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How To …Prepare for a Health Inspection - Date: 3/14/2006
Seeing your health inspection as a help rather than a hindrance could be good for business. Here are a few tips for when the health inspector pays you a visit.
Marion County Smoking Ordinance - Date: 2/22/2006
With the Indianapolis smoking ban taking effect on March 1, 2006, we have received numerous questions from members. According to the ordinance, a sign is required for establishments that allow smoking. We have developed two signs for compliance – one with the 18-year old restriction and one with a 21-year old restriction. We have also created another sign for restaurants required to be smoke-free. The Marion County Health Department also has cling signs available. Download the signs.

Please review the list of “FAQs” that we have prepared to answer common questions regarding the new smoking ordinance.

IRS Tip Declaration due February 28 - Date: 2/15/2006
Restaurateurs face a February 28, 2006 deadline for filing tip information with the Internal Revenue Service using Form 8027, Employer's Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips. If you are filing electronically the deadline is March 31.
Cornell Issues Revenue-Boosting Tool For Restaurant Managers - Date: 2/15/2006
Restaurant managers now have a new tool that allows them to match their table mix to their customer mix. Cornell University has just released the Restaurant Table-Mix Optimizer, or RTMO, which is designed to give restaurant managers specific guidance on what mix of tables will provide the best revenue boost for their particular restaurant. The web-based tool, developed by Cornell professor Gary M. Thompson, is available at no charge from TheCenterForHospitalityResearch.org.
What Should Every Server Keep on Tap? Knowledge. - Date: 2/15/2006
It’s time to talk about the big challenges your staff faces every day, the big decision that’s on tap for you,and a big training innovation that can benefit every employee, every guest, and your entire organization. ServSafe Alcohol is the best-in-class training that gives you options. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) developed the ServSafe Alcohol Program to raise the bar in responsible alcohol service training. This is a higher standard for everyone, but it’s also the solution to the real-world challenges that every operation faces every day. We understand that the responsible alcohol service training decisions you make are critical. How can you make certain that your front-of-the-house staff is prepared for every situation? Where can you find training that works in their world, and works around their hectic schedules? The answer is ServSafe Alcohol.
Questions and Answers On Avian Influenza ("Bird Flu") and Food Safety - Date: 12/15/2005
In an effort to keep you updated on information related to the Avian Influenza ("bird flu") issue, we wanted to alert you to a Q&A posted on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) web site. The Q&A provides practical consumer cooking times/temperatures, information on Avian flu and related links.
Scam Alert: Mailing on Required Posters - Date: 11/15/2005
Please be aware, you may receive a mailing from certain companies selling required state and federal posters. This mailing will present itself as an official notice. It may say “2nd request” or “immediate response requested.” This is not an official notice and is in no way associated with the government.
Merchant Advisory on Payout of Settlement of Visa Check/Master Money Antitrust Litigation - Date: 10/17/2005
If you or your company accepted Mastercard and/or Visa-branded credit cards or debit cards as payment for goods or services at any time from October 25, 1992 to June 21, 2003, you or your company may be affected by the settlement of a class action lawsuit.
House, Senate Agree on Short-Term Tax Changes for Katrina Emergency Tax Relief - Date: 10/17/2005
The House and Senate approved H.R. 3768, the Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act of 2005. The measure contains several provisions supported by the National Restaurant Association, including:
Restaurants Warned Of Free Meal Scam - Date: 9/16/2005
According to an article posted on www.indychannel.com, website scammers have been taking advantage of a program run by many law enforcement agencies called “Shop with A Cop.” The program helps needy families, mostly during the holidays.
Notice Regarding I-9 Documentation Requirements for Hiring Hurricane Victims - Date: 9/16/2005
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will not sanction employers for hiring victims of Hurricane Katrina who, at this time, are unable to provide documentation normally required under Section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act. DHS will not bring sanction actions against employers for hiring individuals evacuated or displaced as a result of Hurricane Katrina otherwise eligible for employment but who currently lack personal documents.
Tax Amnesty Available this Fall; Time to Pay Back Taxes - Date: 8/18/2005
Fats, Oils and Grease Can Clog the City’s Sewers - Date: 8/18/2005
The City of Indianapolis will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on our sewer infrastructure in the coming years to reduce raw sewage overflows into our waterways and improve flood control and drainage. But did you know that fats, oils and grease sent down the drain also create clogged sewers, causing sewer backups and overflows?
FDA issues a Food Safety Bulletin on Use of Cake Batter in Ice Cream and Foods Not Treated for Control of Pathogens - Date: 8/18/2005
RHAI joins the NRA to support H.R. 420, the federal Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2005 (LARA) - Date: 7/20/2005
RHAI is proud to join NRA as a member of a coalition that has been formed to support H.R. 420, the federal Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2005 (LARA). This common-sense legislation would help put an end to personal injury lawyers gaming the civil justice system by filing frivolous lawsuits and forum shopping. These abuses are a threat to American businesses and their employees.
Summer Forecast Heats Up for Restaurant Employment - Date: 7/20/2005
June 23rd marked the official kick-off to the summer season, and the restaurant industry is forecasted to add 408,000 jobs throughout the nation during the 2005 summer season, according to the National Restaurant Association. This is a 4.6 percent increase over the industry's March 2005 employment level.
Summary of New Food & Beverage Tax Proposals - Date: 7/6/2005
The new food & beverage or “dome tax” that is being implemented in Marion County and surrounding counties has generated a great deal of confusion and misinformation regarding the effective dates. Here is the status of all food & beverage taxes allowed as a result of recent legislation in HB 1120.
New Publication Provides Orientation Materials for Permanent Residents - Date: 6/16/2005
The Office of Citizenship recently announced the release of Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants in multiple languages. Designed for permanent residents and the organizations that serve them, the Guide contains practical information to help immigrants settle into everyday day life in the United States, as well as basic civics information that will introduce them to the U.S. system of government.
Extending the Welcome Mat: The Americans with Disabilities Act - Date: 6/16/2005
Fifteen years ago, President George Bush Sr. signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The legislation promised to help people with disabilities by opening the door to more job opportunities and welcoming them into public places, including restaurants.
Health Department Relaxes Inspection Standards on Low Risk Agricultural Commodities - Date: 6/16/2005
The Indiana State Health Department recently issued a memo stating that “it would be prudent and reasonable” for local health departments to minimize the time they spend inspecting low-risk agricultural commodities that are seasonal, such as honey, sorghum, wine, maple syrup and fresh produce.
FDA Works to Trace the Source of Foodborne Illness in Florida - Date: 6/16/2005
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is initiating an investigation to determine the source of several clusters of a gastrointestinal illness known as cyclosporiasis that is associated with fresh basil served in Florida during mid-March through mid-April. Known as a traceback, the investigation will work to locate the source of the contaminated produce.
Are you Allergy Aware? - Date: 5/23/2005
With more than 11 million Americans now suffering from food allergies, it is imperative that restaurateurs continue to keep food allergy awareness at the front of their minds. Even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction. By staying aware, restaurateurs can ensure a safe dining experience for all of their customers.
Running Your Business: Restaurant Marketing - Date: 5/23/2005
Restaurant marketing is both an art and a science that is shrouded in mystery for far too many restaurant owners. Unfortunately, many advertising sales people don't want you to know what's really working. They want you to think that the television spots your competitor is running with them will be the answer to all of yours sales-building challenges. Not so.
Working the Web: Restaurant Marketing - Date: 5/23/2005
The Information Superhighway is opening new avenues for marketing restaurants. Here are some ways to use the Internet to attract business.
Member Opportunity: City of Elkhart Seeks New Restaurant - Date: 5/23/2005
The City of Elkhart is seeking restaurateurs / developers to bring a new restaurant along the east bank of the Elkhart River in the heart of downtown Elkhart.
Sixth Poster Added to List of Required Workplace Notices - Date: 3/18/2005
Beginning March 10, employers are required to provide to persons entitled to the rights and benefits under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), a notice of the rights, benefits and obligations of such persons and such employers under USERRA. Employers may provide the notice, “Your Rights Under USERRA”, by posting it where employee notices are customarily placed. However, employers are free to provide the notice to employees in other ways that will minimize costs while ensuring that the full text of the notice is provided (e.g., by handing or mailing out the notice, or distributing the notice via electronic mail). You can download the poster at http://www.dol.gov/osbp/sbrefa/poster/userra.htm.
IRS Tip Declaration Due February 28 - Date: 2/4/2005
Restaurateurs face a February 28, 2005 deadline for filing tip information with the Internal Revenue Service, using Form 8027, Employer's Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips. If you are filing electronically the deadline is March 31.
Precautionary Boil Water Advisory Lifted - Date: 1/7/2005
Effective immediately, Veolia Water Indianapolis, has lifted its 24-hour precautionary boil water advisory for all Indianapolis Water customers.

The precautionary boil water advisory was issued at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, when a system problem forced the White River Treatment Plant to be taken out of service for a period of time.

National Restaurant Association Research Confirms Americans Ring in the New Year in Restaurants, New Year's Eve is the fourth most popular holiday to dine out - Date: 12/17/2004
Many Americans will choose to ring in the New Year by celebrating at one of the nation's 878,000 restaurants. According to new research by the National Restaurant Association, New Year's Eve is the fourth most popular holiday to dine out-after Mother's Day, Valentine's Day and Father's Day-with 13 percent of respondents dining out.
How to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Guide for Restaurants and Other Food Service Employers - Date: 12/17/2004
The EEOC is issuing a Guide titled How to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Guide for Restaurants and Other Food Service Employers(Guide), to assure employers that they can follow rules based on the Food Code and also comply with the ADA. The Guide also explains how the ADA applies to food service employers and people with disabilities who work in restaurants.
Summary of Depreciation Provisions of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 for the Restaurant Industry - Date: 12/1/2004
On October 22, 2004 President George Bush signed the American Jobs Creation Act into law. The Act includes significant items relating to depreciation for restaurants.
Q & A With Ron Yudd - Date: 11/9/2004
A recognized speaker, consultant and trainer in the foodservice industry, Ron Yudd offers key strategies to help owners and senior managers develop and retain young leaders within their foodservice operations.
Hiring Holiday Hospitality Help Doesn't - Date: 11/9/2004
Ah, the holidays! That magical, whirlwind time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day when children eagerly look forward to a visit from Santa, football fans eagerly look forward to the Super Bowl-and everyone in the hospitality business frantically looks for additional hourly help.
Internal Revenue Service Tip Reporting Program Extended - Date: 10/15/2004
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently extended the Tip Rate Determination and Education Program. Originally developed by the IRS in 1993, some employers have been reluctant to participate in a tip program because it was set to expire in 2005.
IRS Orders Brinker International to Pay Back - Date: 10/15/2004
The Internal Revenue Service recently ordered Brinker International, parent company of Chili's and Macaroni Grill among other restaurant brands, to pay over $31 million in back FICA tax for failing to accurately report employees tips.
West Lafayette and Lafayette Consider Smoking Ban - Date: 10/15/2004
City government leaders of Lafayette and West Lafayette and the Tobacco Control Partnership of Tippecanoe County met September 23 to discuss a possible ban on smoking in public places.
Ruby Tuesday Removes Health Info from Menus - Date: 9/21/2004
Ruby Tuesday's decision to remove fat and calorie information from their menus and include it in a separate booklet may affect other restaurants' decisions to disclose this information.
FDA Food Protection Program officially changes policy concerning the use and re-use of dry breading products - Date: 9/2/2004
The restaurant industry has questioned current food safety requirements regarding the use and re-use of dried breading mixtures. As a result, the FDA has changed the policy regarding these.
NRA Offers Online Q&A, Free Guide to New Overtime Regulations Taking Effect This Month - Date: 8/9/2004
Overview provides tips and guidelines on how to classify "white collar" restaurant employees, comply with new regulations
New Teen Work Permit Process Launched - Date: 5/14/2004
The Indiana Department of Labor's new Online Work Permit System for teen work permits will save the state, employers and Indiana schools time and money, and effectively take the "work" out of work permits.
Overtime Reform - Date: 5/14/2004
New Regulations Will Be Effective August 23, 2004
For the first time in more than 50 years, the Department of Labor (DOL) has updated the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  
FDA, EPA issue advisory on fish consumption - Date: 3/29/2004
Restaurateurs who feature seafood on their menus should note that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are advising pregnant women, women thinking of becoming pregnant, nursing mothers, and young children to reduce eating fish and shellfish that may contain high levels of methylmercury.
Sales Tax Changes - Date: 1/23/2004
Effective January 1, 2004, Indiana has enacted legislation to bring Indiana's Sales and Use Tax statutes into conformity with the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement.
National Restaurant Association: DOL Efforts To Modernize Wage Regulations A Big Win For Industry - Date: 12/29/2003
Association wins hard-fought battle to ensure Congress allows the modernization of 50-year-old regulations to move forward
Council Vote Sidesteps Smoking Ban - Date: 12/10/2003
A quick vote on December 8 doomed an Indianapolis City-Council proposal to restrict smoking in Indianapolis. By a vote of 13-15, the council rejected a plea by Republican Beulah Coughenour to have a full debate on a plan to prohibit smoking in restaurants and many other workplaces.
The National Restaurant Association Announces ServSafe Third Edition - Date: 12/10/2003
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced that the third edition of the ServSafe® Coursebook and ServSafe Essentials will be available February 16, 2004.
Hepatitis A Outbreak News Update - Date: 11/24/2003
According to the FDA, Hepatitis A outbreaks associated with raw or undercooked green onions served in restaurants occurred during the month of September in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. Another outbreak of hepatitis A among patrons of a single restaurant occurred in Pennsylvania during late October and early November, although the source of the outbreak has not yet been determined.
Indy Smoking Ban Proposal Is Blocked - Date: 11/24/2003
At what could be described as a "testy" hearing, the Indianapolis City-County Council's Rules and Policy Committee voted 5-2 against sending Proposal No. 122 to a full council vote.
RHAI Has Your Labor Law Posters and More! - Date: 11/24/2003
Although you might be getting requests in the mail to order Labor Law posters, the RHAI headquarters office offers the same posters to members for FREE!
FCC Delays Controversial Fax Rule - Date: 9/9/2003
The Federal Communications Commission announced this month that it will delay its enforcement of updated "do not fax" rules for businesses until Jan. 1, 2005 -- more than 16 months later than the FCC had originally proposed.
Know the Facts About Mad Cow Disease - Date: 6/11/2003
Have concerns about mad cow disease? Want to learn more about this disease? Here are the facts.
Do You Serve Wild Mushrooms? - Date: 5/16/2003
In North America, over 5,000 species of fleshy mushrooms grow naturally in the wild. Very few have ever been tested for toxicity, although experts know that about 15 species are deadly and another 60 are toxic to humans if consumed raw or cooked. Forty other species are poisonous if consumed raw, but safe to eat after cooking. It is often difficult for people to distinguish between edible mushrooms and the poisonous species.
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