Ohio restaurant same-store sales continue positive trends; operators are optimistic about 2018 customer traffic and sales growth


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dec. 18, 2017 – The Ohio Restaurant Association and the Cleveland Research Co. recently completed a survey of restaurant operators and foodservice professionals across Ohio, representing 50 companies, more than 150 locations and $22 million in total sales.

Same-store sales trends for the most recent quarter (July through September) grew an average of 2 percent, with 1.2 percent driven by customer traffic. Business trended slightly stronger in during the first part of the fourth Quarter, with traffic growth of 1.3 percent and average sales growth of 2.2 percent.
Operators in Ohio are optimistic about trends improving, and expect same-store sales to expand at a sli...

ORA Town Hall on medical marijuana helped restaurant owners with new laws on Nov. 16


The Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA), along with the law firm of Dickinson Wright, hosted a Town Hall event at the ORA office on November 16 to help restaurant owners navigate the issue of medical marijuana in the workplace.

Attorney Sara H. Jodka (click for her bio) from Dickinson Wright led the Town Hall. Other speakers included ORA Director of Government Affairs Joe Rosato, and ORA CEO & President John Barker.

This event was free for Ohio Restaurant Association members; $25.00 for non-members and $10.00 for students. ​