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Friday, February 2, 2018
IRA Welcomes New Board, Presents Industry Honors »
The IRA Annual Meeting & Installation of Officers Luncheon was highlighted by Food Newsfeed. The afternoon included th...
Friday, January 26, 2018
Jay Stieber Inducted as 2018 NRA Chairman »
Congratulations to Former IRA Chairman Jay Stieber on his induction as 2018 Chairman of the National Restaurant Associatio...
Friday, January 19, 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
Springfield Restaurateurs, IRA Push Back on Proposed Local Restaurant Tax »
This week, restaurateurs in Springfield, IL mobilized to oppose a possible  "dine-in tax" or "restaurant tax"  a...
Monday, January 15, 2018
IRA Presents Jean Banchet Award for Best Restaurant To... »
On Sunday, IRA President & CEO Sam Toia was honored to join Chef Carrie Nahabedian to present the Best Restaurant Awar...
Friday, December 22, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IRA Year in Review: The Best of 2017 »
In case you missed it - check out our recap of the how the IRA worked to promote, educate, and protect the restaurant indu...
Monday, December 18, 2017
IRA on WTTW: What You Need to Know about Illinois' Allergen Awareness Training Law »
Chicago Tonight recently spoke with IRA President & CEO Sam Toia about the requirements of Illinois' new allergen awar...
Friday, December 15, 2017
CBS - BJ's Market Serves Up Warm Meals for the Community »
IRA Board member Hank Meyer and Former IRA Chairman John Meyer were featured in a CBS segment on BJ's Market & Bakery...
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
IRA on WGN: Tip Pooling Rule Can Lead to More Equitable Workplace »
This week, IRA President & CEO Sam Toia shared his insights with WGN on the Department of Labor's (DOL) announcement o...
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Cashless Ban in Chicago? IRA Testifies, Committee Holds Ordinance »
Yesterday, the City of Chicago Committee on License and Consumer Protection considered a proposed ordinance from Alderman...
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Allergen Awareness Training Requirements Effective January 1, 2018; Discounts Available »
On January 1, 2018,  HB 2510  goes into effect throughout Illinois, which will require Food Service Sanitation M...
Friday, December 1, 2017
Cheers! Cook County Soda Tax Ends December 1, Refunds Available for Retailers and Distributors »
As of December 1, 2017, the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax is no longer in effect. Today, IRA President & CEO Sam...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
*Holiday Notice* Promote Specials/Events in Accordance with Illinois Happy Hour Law »
The holidays are here, and Christmas and New Year's Eve are right around the corner. As you ramp up planning and promotion...
Monday, November 20, 2017
Chicago Mag - Big Data Dining: Where Everybody Knows Your Name »
Chicago Magazine explored restaurants' use of data and individualized profiles to improve guests' dining experiences. IRA...
Friday, November 3, 2017
2018 Jean Banchet Award Nominations Announced »
The 2018 Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence nominations were announced this week.  Congratulations to all IR...
Friday, October 27, 2017
Crains: Billy Goat Tavern Launches New Beers Available at Jewel »
IRA Board member Bill Sianis and his father IRA Advisory Council member Sam Sianis of Billy Goat Tavern have introduced...
Monday, October 23, 2017
IRA Board Member Carmen Rossi Talks Tips for Success with Entrepreneur »
Entrepreneur recently featured IRA Board and Finance Committee member Carmen Rossi, owner 8 Hospitality Company  (H...
Friday, October 20, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CBS Chicago HIghlights Chef's Table: Restaurateurs for Education Event »
CBS Chicago recently featured the upcoming IRA Chef's Table: the 40th Annual Restauranteurs for Education Gala. ...
Monday, October 16, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Eurest, IRA Chairman Jim Kallas Open Loop's Newest Food Hall Forum 55 »
IRA Chairman Jim Kallas, Division President of Eurest: A Division of Compass Group, was quoted in a DNAInfo feature on For...
Thursday, October 12, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Cook County Soda Tax Repealed! IRA Applauds Repeal of Regressive, Burdensome Tax »
Yestersday, Cook County became the first local unit of government in the country to repeal an existing beverage tax when t...
Friday, September 29, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Toia, Boehm, Singh, Melman Named to Amazon HQ2 Committee »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia, IRA Board member Kevin Boehm of Boka Restaurant Group, IRA Advisory Council member Alpan...
Wednesday, September 27, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
City of Chicago, Business Groups Rally to Provide Aid to Mexico, Puerto Rico »
This week, IRA Second Vice Chair Sam Sanchez and IRA President & CEO Sam Toia joined several elected officials and civ...
Thursday, September 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Toia, Rick Pearson Talk Chicago Gourmet, Soda Tax, and Immigration Reform on Sunday Spin »
This Sunday, IRA President & CEO Sam Toia joined Rick Pearson on the Sunday Spin radio show on WGN Radio.  S...
Monday, September 18, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Chicago Tribune: How "Restaurant City of the Year" Designation Bolsters City's Restaurant Scene »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia recently talked with Chicago Tribune about the impact of Chicago being named 2017 Restaur...
Tuesday, September 12, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Cook County Residents & Business Call on Commissioners to Can The Soda Tax »
This week, hundreds of Cook County residents & businesses called on Cook County Commissioners to repeal the Cook Count...
Monday, September 11, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
*Final Deadline September 21* Cook County Biz Amusement Tax on Sat. TV Voluntary Disclosure Program »
The Cook County Department of Revenue has extended the submission deadline to Thursday, September 21 for business subscrib...
Tuesday, September 5, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Toia Named to Crain's 2017 Who's Who in Business »
IRA President & CEO Sam Toia was recently named to Crain's Who's Who in Chicago Business list - Crain's annual directo...
Friday, September 1, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
New Allergen Awareness Training Law Protects Diners and Businesses »
The State Journal-Register recently featured a new law for restaurants that requires one certified foodservice sanitation...
Tuesday, August 29, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Tribune: Porcini Aims to Make Restaurateurs' Lives Easier , Sam Toia on Restaurant Tech »
This week, the Chicago Tribune's Blue Sky Innovation featured Porcini, a cloud-based platform built to streamline back-of-...
Friday, August 25, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Toia on Immigration Report: Pragmatic Reforms Will Help Industry Thrive »
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs issued report on a two year study  analyzing the hospitality industry's relianc...
Wednesday, August 23, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Sanchez Talks IRA Advocacy, Latino Membership with El Restaurante »
IRA Second Vice Chairman Sam Sanchez (Old Crow Smokehouse, Moe's Cantina, John Barleycorn) recently spoke with El Restaura...
Monday, August 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
America’s Dog & Burger Expanding With Strategic Franchising Plan »
IRA member Manolis Alpogianis, co-founder of America’s Dog & Burger (AD&B), recently announced a strategic franchi...
Thursday, August 17, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Sam Toia Talks Chicago Gourmet, 10th Anniversary with Dane Neal on WGN-AM »
This week, IRA President & CEO Sam Toia joined Dane Neal on WGN-AM Radio to discuss the 10th Anniversary of Chicago Go...
Tuesday, August 8, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Bon Appétit Names Chicago Restaurant City of the Year »
This week, Bon Appétit magazine named the City of Chicago the 2017 Restaurant City of the Year! After Condé Nast Traveler...
Wednesday, August 2, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Manny's 75th Anniversary Benefits IRAEF »
This week, Manny's Cafeteria and Delicatessen celebrated its 75th Anniversary at an event benefiting the IRA Educational F...
Monday, July 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Soda Tax in Effect Aug. 2; Sam Toia Talks Negative Impact of Tax on CBS2 »
On Friday, the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax was cleared to go into effect by a Cook County judge. The County annou...

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