Hospitality News February 21, 2018

February 21, 2018


March 1-2: Colorado ProStart Invitational

Check out the list of upcoming chapter meetings.




The Colorado Restaurant Association has been working hard to represent the restaurant industry at the Colorado General Assembly. Here’s an update on bills we have been working on!


Senate Bill 138 has passed out of the Senate with zero opposition. This bill will allow a restaurant or bar to sell their remaining alcohol stock to another liquor license with common ownership if their liquor license is surrendered or revoked. It will now move over to the House of Representatives where we expect a similar reception. The CRA testified in support of this legislation as it will allow a business to maintain the investment they have made in their businesses.


Senate Bill 067 has passed the Senate and the first committee in the House with zero opposition. This bill will allow charities to utilize silent auctions containing sealed bottles of alcohol at on-premises liquor licensed locations. It will now be heard by the entire House of Representatives where we expect the bill to pass quickly. The CRA testified in support of this legislation because it provides protections to restaurants and bars who want to support their local charities.


House Bill 1084 failed to get out of committee. This bill would have allowed a local government to determine how to use the revenue from their lodging tax collected, which can currently only be used for tourism purposes. The CRA opposed this legislation because we believe that tourism funding is vital to helping restaurants in Colorado. Tourism funding has one of the best return on investments of any other kind of government funding. Each dollar spent on tourism generates almost $300 in economic impact for the State of Colorado.



Thanks to those who contacted their members of Congress last week on the ADA Education and Reform Act; your support helped convince a bipartisan majority in the House to pass the bill. They passed HR 620, which would provide a “right to cure” for ADA violations. This legislation would give businesses who receive a claimed violation of the ADA 90 days to cure the violation before a law suit could be brought against the business. The National Restaurant Association is now working with a bipartisan group of leaders in the US Senate to introduce similar legislation in the Senate. The CRA supports this legislation because it provides a much needed cure to the rise of “drive by” law suits that are draining money from businesses for minor violations.  


As always, if you are interested in our legislative efforts be sure to read the latest Legislative Update. We update this document weekly during the legislative session. If you have further questions on any of these issues do not hesitate to reach out to Nick Hoover for clarification.


CRA BLOG HIGHLIGHT: CRA Member FoodMaven gives an insightful talk at the recent TEDxMileHigh

Why does 40% of food produced in the US get thrown away? In this eye-opening talk, industry leader Patrick Bultema follows the food to discover why the U.S. food system is so wasteful -- and offers a solution.


Other Blog Highlights:

+ Pinnacol Pointers: Six Steps to Effective, Compliant Hazard Communication

+ Enviro-Master Services of Denver: The Germs that Kill your Business



New National Restaurant Association research shows restaurants of all types are conserving resources, reducing waste and connecting with environmentally aware guests. How do they do it?


We surveyed restaurant owners and operators about their environmental efforts and sustainability challenges. We also surveyed consumers about how restaurants could best promote sustainability practices to guests. Here’s what we found:


  1. Efficient equipment is now standard in many restaurants.
  2. Restaurant operators are recycling and focused on packaging.
  3. Reducing food waste is an emerging area for action.
  4. Sustainability is a mainstay on restaurant menus.


Download and read the full report here



Wondering who’s joined the club? Take a look at our recent New Members and say hello.



+ Make a difference as we gather for the restaurant industry's most important grassroots lobbying event. The National Restaurant Association’s 32nd annual Public Affairs Conference April 17-18 in Washington D.C. is your chance to make your voice heard as we head into the midterm elections.

+ Don't forget to respond to the NRA Financial Impact Survey. This helps us inform elected officials on the economic impact of their decisions.

+ See what’s new in On the Fly – February 2018

+ Members get FREE Labor Law Posters. Request them here

+ Colorado ProStart Invitational and Sysco Denver Hospitality Cup Competition

+ CRF Scholarship Applications due April 1


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February 22: Boulder County Chapter Board Meeting

February 23-March 4: Denver Restaurant Week

March 1-2: Colorado ProStart Invitational

March 6: Breckenridge Chapter Meeting

March 8: Durango Chapter Meeting

March 14: Pueblo Chapter Meeting

March 20: Pikes Peak Chapter Board Meeting – Note new date!

March 20: Mile High Chapter Meeting & Member Mixer




March 6: Road to Zero Waste – CRA members can attend the following sessions at no cost! First the education session on The Food Waste Hierarchy, and then stick around for Movie & Chat with Anthony Bourdain’s latest documentary Wasted! The Story of Food Waste.




April 15: Pikes Peak Food, Wine and Beer Expo

April 16-18: Public Affairs Conference in Washington DC

May 8: CRF Scholarship Event

May 19-22: NRA Annual Restaurant Show

May 20: Taste of Durango

September 17-18: Colorado Restaurant Show




February 27:ServSafe Alcohol Certification – Denver

March 26: ServSafe Alcohol Certification – Denver

March 27: ServSafe Food Manager Certification – Denver

*Pre-registration required 


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