FOOD FOR THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Author:

​JOHN D. BARKER

John is President & CEO of the Ohio Restaurant Association. His parents and family operated the Rustic Lounge restaurant and bar in the 1970s, He was an executive at Wendy’s for nearly 20 years and teaches at The Ohio State University. He writes about the foodservice industry, inspiring restaurateurs, important issues and thought leadership. If you have an idea or comment, contact him at 614. 246.0203 or jbarker@ohiorestaurant.org

Author:

​JOHN D. BARKER

John is President & CEO of the Ohio Restaurant Association. His parents and family operated the Rustic Lounge restaurant and bar in the 1970s, He was an executive at Wendy’s for nearly 20 years and teaches at The Ohio State University. He writes about the foodservice industry, inspiring restaurateurs, important issues and thought leadership. If you have an idea or comment, contact him at 614. 246.0203 or jbarker@ohiorestaurant.org

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Jul
14
ORA, NRA meet with City of Cleveland's department of economic

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The ORA Local Restaurant Alliance Cleveland Alliance hosted a committee meeting with restaurateurs on Thursday, July 14, 2017. There were 14 restaurateurs in attendance; the event was held at Stone Mad Pub.

Kevin Schmotzer, executive of Small Business Development at the City of Cleveland’s Department of Economic Development, was the keynote speaker. Kevin’s presentation was focused on two programs in the City of Cleveland: the Municipal Small Business Initiative, which provides low-interest or recoverable grant loans and the Neighborhood Retail Assistance Program, which is unique to Cleveland. The Neighborhood Retail Assistance Program provides financial assistance to locally-ow...


Jun
06
Cleveland City Council meets with Local Restaurant Alliance in Cleveland

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The Harp hosted restaurant advocates and Cleveland City Council members last Thursday during our Local Restaurant Alliance meeting. Thanks to Sam Lindsley of Michael Symon Restaurants and Nick Kostis of Pickwick & Frolic for representing the ORA Board of Directors and to Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley for speaking to attendees. The ORA Local Restaurant Alliance in Cleveland has grown to more than 100 advocates.


May
24
Meet us at The Harp!

The ORA Local Restaurant Alliance in Cleveland invited you to a meet-and-greet with local restaurateurs and members of city council. Come hear about happenings in the city of Cleveland and the recently passed city budget.

When: Thursday, June 1 starting at 4 p.m.
Where: The Harp Irish Pub and Restaurant
4408 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113

RSVP by emailing Cassandra Manna at cmanna@ralaw.com.


Apr
19
Partnering with Cleveland City Council

The Local Restaurant Alliance and ORA members partnered with City Council President Kevin Kelly and council members in 2016 to defeat the threat of an 85% increase in the city’s minimum wage. Local restaurateurs were adamant that passage of such an increase would devastate their businesses, hurt the Cleveland economy and eliminate jobs.


Apr
19
Workforce development

Advocates met at the El Barrio Workforce Development Center on the west side to discuss how the non-profit trains individuals to enter or re-enter the workforce. The center matches qualified candidates with restaurants, foodservice operators, hotels, banks and retailers in the Cleveland area, after providing training, certifications, ServSafe, etc.


Apr
19
Alliance promotes Women for Economic and Leadership Development

The Alliance helped promote a Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) event. Restaurateurs attended and met with female business leaders in the greater Cleveland area. Foodservice veteran Julie Novak presented to the group.