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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Dec
17
Ohio restaurant same-store sales continue positive trends; operators are optimistic about 2018 customer traffic and sales growth

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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...


Oct
17
ORA Town Hall on medical marijuana helped restaurant owners with new laws on Nov. 16

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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. ​