About the MRA

MRA_colorFounded in 1934, The Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA) is a non-profit trade association, representing food and beverage establishments.

MRA’s mission is to promote, protect, and enhance the food and beverage industry on behalf of its members and the people they serve. The MRA is open to all food and beverage operators and suppliers conducting business in Massachusetts.

Education, Training, and Certification

The MRA Educational Foundation (MRAEF) provides professional development programs for all levels of the industry. MRA members have access to discounted training and certification courses, as well as career-building programs:

  • State mandated ServSafe® Sanitation Training and Certification
  • ServSafe® Alcohol Training and Certification
  • State mandated Allergy Awareness Training
  • Industry summits, marketing symposiums, and countless “How-to” seminars

The MRAEF also develops future industry leaders. Working with high schools across the state, the ProStart School-To-Career curriculum combines classroom training with real-world experience in an intensive culinary and hospitality management program for juniors and seniors. The MRAEF has awarded over $1 million in scholarships, thanks to MRA members, benefactors, sponsors, and matching funds by the NRAEF. We are developing future chefs and managers and a workforce for the industry’s growing needs.

MRA Membership pays for itself

  • Discounts on products and services can save you far more than the cost of membership
  • Our Free Information Hotline saves you time and money with immediate answers to your legal or compliance questions.
  • Discounts for you on required ServSafe® Sanitation Certification Courses & Materials
  • Discounts for you on ServSafe® Alcohol Certification Training
  • Free membership with the National Restaurant Association (Food & Beverage Operators)
  • Member-only networking and special events, seminars and symposiums
  • Member communication to help keep you up-to-date and legally compliant
  • Legislative support and lobbying at the State House; four registered lobbyists represent you.
  • New England Food Show, the largest industry tradeshow in the northeast
  • Company listing in the MRA Membership Directory and on the MRA website

Information You Need

New rules and regulations mean changes in the way you do business. MRA keeps members up-to-date on the latest requirements, trends and emerging technologies. As your “corporate office;” MRA’s staff and legal counsel provide trusted answers to your questions regarding permits and licensing, human resources, and minimum wage requirements; tip pooling; fire regulations; food allergy training requirements; and much more. MRA helps you stay compliant through exclusive, member-only communications:

  • Monthly newsletters
  • Regulatory alerts, weekly email updates, and daily online posts
  • Annual Membership Directory and online search capabilities
  • Official rulings and legal opinions
  • Access to MRA and NRA information resources

More than just information, the MRA provides a unique depth of knowledge that helps members understand how issues impact their business and operations.

Contact the MRA today to learn how membership benefits you and your business.

Massachusetts Restaurant Association
333 Turnpike Road
Southborough, MA 01772
(508) 303-9905