Working Together to Help
Restaurants & Their Employees Thrive

Giving restaurant operators and employees a seat at the table with policymakers and thought leaders.

Welcome to Restaurants Act!

Local restaurants are the cornerstone of communities across the country. We are the nation’s second-largest private sector employer, creating first time jobs and careers in big cities and small towns. Restaurants are a place for people to gather and celebrate special moments with loved ones.

Restaurant operators face a number of challenges and opportunities in Congress and in state governments across the country. As the voice of the restaurant and foodservice industry, the National Restaurant Association advocates for federal policies that help restaurant operators and their employees thrive in a customer-driven business environment

2024 Public Affairs Conference

Register for the National Restaurant Association’s 38th annual Public Affairs Conference, taking place April 15-17 in Washington, D.C., to be part of the industry’s largest grassroots advocacy event.

15 million

Foodservice industry jobs
at the end of 2022

9 in 10

Restaurants have fewer
than 50 employees


Restaurant owners started their industry careers in entry-level positions

Joining Forces to Fight for the Industry as a Whole

The restaurant and foodservice industry has nearly 1 million outlets and employs more than 15 million people. Together the voices in the industry can move lawmakers toward change.

Key Issues

The Credit Card Competition Act (CCCA) would stem skyrocketing fees, improve security and service, and save American businesses and consumers an estimated $15 billion per year.

The FTC is proposing a rule on so-called “junk fees” that is so expansive it would ban widely accepted restaurant fees, such as delivery and large-party service fees.
In a fullservice restaurant, servers, customers, and restaurant owners all benefit from the tip credit. This optional compensation model means that tipped workers never make less than the prevailing minimum wage.

The Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act would restore business interest expensing, helping many restaurant operators lower their tax burden when investing in building upgrades.

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