Organization and Association: Missouri Restaurant Association (MRA)

If you are a restaurateur, you need to get to know the Missouri Restaurant Association (MRA). Led by Robert Bonney, Chief Executive Officer, this organization focuses on restaurant needs and issues and is housed under the umbrella of the National Restaurant association (NRA). They offer 8 other affiliate chapters in the state and boast around 1500 member establishments. A Regular Membership to the MRA gives you access to these following services plus many more:

−− Networking & Relationship Building Opportunities
−− Property & Casualty Insurance
−− Discounts on Foodservice and Hospitality-Related Programs
and Services
−− Health Insurance Program
−− Professional Marketing Solutions
−− News and Information Resources
−− A Voice in Missouri Foodservice and Hospitality Legislation

The MRA also offers ServSafe classes and ProStart—a national career-building program that helps high school students interested in culinary arts or foodservice management find appropriate jobs in the hospitality field. In addition, the MRA provides scholarships such as the Robert L. Keeney Memorial Scholarship Fund for deserving students with potential.

This organization is truly a wealth of information for the restaurant world; their website is a goldmine, full of resources for your every need.

For more information, visit https://www.

MRA State Office/Eastern Regional Office
1810 Craig Road, Suite 225
St. Louis, MO 63146
Phone: 314-576-2777

MRA Western Regional Office
1417 W. 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-753-5222


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Joe Clote

Joseph W. Clote is owner of Publishing Concepts, LLC a communications and marketing firm based in Saint Louis, Missouri. Mr. Clote is Group Publisher of MeetMed™ and Missouri Meetings & Events™ (MM&E) magazine, a quarterly publication read by thousands of meeting and event professionals, and producer of the St. Louis and Kansas City trade shows under the MM&E name. Mr. Clote has extensive sales and marketing expertise in the travel, tourism, fine art, insurance, and software development industries.