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MEET THE TEAM: ORA Director of Employer and Foodservice Safety & Certification Laura Morrison

October 22, 2019

Hey, Ohio! Meet Laura Morrison ORA Director of Employer and Foodservice Safety & Certification!...

Tip Pooling in the Restaurant Industry – October 2019 Update

October 9, 2019

The Department of Labor on October 7 issued a final proposed rule regarding tip pooling. The proposed rule is a victory for the National Restaurant Association, the Restaurant Law Center and industry advocates who have worked for years to force government to provide much-needed clarity for restaurants and their workers. ...

Meet the Team: ORA Accountant Keanna Chatman

October 8, 2019

Hey, Ohio! We're excited to feature the ORA team that works tirelessly on behalf of your industry. Meet Keanna Chatman, the ORA Accountant! ...

Meet the Team: ORA President & CEO John Barker

October 1, 2019

It's October, and we're excited to feature the ORA team that works tirelessly on behalf of your industry. Let's start with our fearless leader, John Barker! ...

#TacoTuesday with Dos Hermanos owner Lisa Gutierrez! #OhioWorksHere

October 1, 2019


Hey, Ohio! It’s #TacoTuesday! More importantly, we’re excited to feature our very own #ORAMember Lisa Gutierrez, owner and CEO of Dos Hermanos Taco Truck! ...

Update from National Restaurant Association on Department of Labor Overtime Rule

September 30, 2019

This is in-depth review of the Department of Labor final overtime regulation released on Sept. 24, 2019.

The rule revises the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) test for determining when an employee is exempt from earning overtime pay, a/k/a “white collar” overtime exemptions...

Restaurant Innovation Summit Focuses on Turning Ideas into Action

September 25, 2019

Washington, D.C. – The National Restaurant Association is hosting the 2019 Restaurant Innovation Summit in Cleveland on November 5-6, 2019. This year, the agenda is centered on developing the innovation skills restaurant leaders can utilize to put their ideas into action and solve tomorrow’s challenges today...

Exclusive interview with Katzinger's Deli founder Diane Warren on Columbus Food Adventures! #OhioWorksHere

September 9, 2019

In honor of the opening of their second location in Dublin, Ohio, we partnered with Bethia Woolf of Columbus Food Adventures and got an exclusive and intimate interview with #ORAMember Katzinger's Delicatessen Founder Diane Warren on how it all started, details on their famous Reuben sandwich (including how many TONS of corned beef they use) and what legacy she hopes to leave behind...

Nutcracker Family Resturant honors veterans with General Mills award! #OhioWorksHere

September 9, 2019



A BIG CONGRATS to #ORAMember Nutcracker Family Restaurant in Pataskala who won one of the 10 regional awards for the 2019 General Mills Neighborhood to Nation contest for her Double Decker Banana Cream Cake! Watch the ceremony complete with a GIANT check, stories from local veterans 🇺🇸 and listen to Nancy share her story firsthand, why she donated $1000 to Honor Flight Columbus, Inc. and why she’s proud that #OhioWorksHere....

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN for ORA Industry Awards Celebration + Hall of Fame!

September 6, 2019

On February 23, 2020, the Ohio Restaurant Association is hosting its annual awards celebration spotlighting the hard work, dedication and outstanding professional & community services of our members....

Dawn Sweeney, President & CEO of National Restaurant Association Visits Team Ohio

August 13, 2019



On Tuesday, August 13, Dawn Sweeney, President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association, came to visit the Ohio Restaurant Association, as well as take a selfie! ...

ORA stands with Dayton

August 6, 2019


The Ohio Restaurant Association is deeply saddened about the recent incidents that occurred over the weekend in our neighboring city, Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. The Ohio incident took place at about 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 6 in the heart of the historic Oregon District of Dayton. We commend Dayton police and other first responders for their bravery and quick response, which brought a swift end to the tragic event and saved lives.

As an industry, we are part of the fabric of the community, and when tragedy strikes restaurants are important resources for their friends and neighbors. That is why we are encouraging our restaurant members and all Ohioans to support the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund ...

Ohio Restaurant Association grieves with Dayton

August 5, 2019

We are devastated to hear the news of our neighbors in Dayton. No one should ever feel or be unsafe, much less killed, when they are enjoying life and having a good time...

ORA hosts Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy

7/31/2019

This week, the ORA hosted Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy to meet with our restaurant owner and operator members like Dunkin, Michael Symon Restaurants, Submarine House, Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and Adornetto's Selected Italian Foods.

Come find your island on Put-In-Bay, Ohio! #OhioWorksHere

July 24, 2019

Hey, Ohio! It’s SUMMER and time to bring that island life of sun tans, cocktails and great restaurants to you and yours in Put-in-Bay, Ohio!


Enjoy The American Dream in the form of chili at Camp Washington Chili! #OhioWorksHere

July 23, 2019

Big smiles from Johnny Johnson and Maria Papakirk of ORA Member Camp Washington Chili as they welcome you to their gem of a place!


Ohio Restaurant Association Statement on the Ohio Budget and What You Need to Know

July 22, 2019


With significant bipartisan support, the Ohio Legislature passed Ohio’s biennial budget setting the State’s spending levels, tax rates, and other policy objectives for the next two years. This is the first budget of the DeWine/Husted Administration and reflects many of the priorities of the new Administration.

2019 Ohio & National Restaurant Associations Golf Classic

6/26/2019

Made in Marion: Jer-Zee Drive-In celebrates 70 years! #OhioWorksHere

6/20/2019

Ohio restaurant industry same-store sales grew 4.4%; food costs represent 29% of total sales

5/28/2019

Ohio Restaurant Association hires Melissa DeGraw as Director of Business Development and Growth

4/23/2019

Former Experience Columbus leader will drive ORA’s external partnerships

High Chair Regulations

4/3/2019

Did you know there's a new safety regulation from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on high chairs? Here's a link to the announcement but the key things to know are...

ORA QuickBites - APRIL 2019

4/1/2019

Watch our latest QuickBites on all things related to Ohio's restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry. We share these every other month with updates on local, statewide and national legislative updates, ORA events and much more. ✅

ORA praises bipartisan bill to clarify depreciation expensing rules for small businesses

3/20/2019

The ORA and National Restaurant Association both endorse bipartisan legislation clarifying the depreciation rule around business improvements known as “qualified improvement property,” or QIP...

Ohio restaurant industry same-store sales grew 4.9%; 75% using online ordering

2/15/2019

Same-store sales trends for the most recent quarter (October through December) grew an average of 4.9 percent...

ORA QuickBites - FEBRUARY 2019

2/4/2019

Watch our first QuickBites on all things related to Ohio's restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry. We'll be posting this every other month with updates on local, statewide and national legislative updates, ORA events and much more! What do you think of our first QuickBites video? Send us feedback at communications@ohiorestaurant.org

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