Hospitality News October 25, 2017

October 25, 2017


Closing out Cyber Security Awareness month, we all need to be aware that as customer data continues to be obtained and stored by restaurants, the risk of a data breach inside or outside the restaurant continues to increase year over year. Malicious hackers typically steal credit card data from restaurants by hacking into point-of-sale systems remotely and seeding those systems with malicious software that can copy account data stored on a card’s magnetic strip. Thieves then use that data to clone the cards and use the counterfeits to purchase high-priced merchandise, or put them up for sale in a so-called theft bazaar such as Joker’s Stash. In the midst of this activity, there are some very dangerous misconceptions held by restaurant owners preventing them from taking necessary steps to better understand their cyber risk and coverage related to such vulnerabilities. Consider these 4 Common Mistakes a Restaurant Owner Can Make in this area of risk management.


+ The CRA, in conjunction with our insurance company, Colorado Restaurant Insurance, will highlight the subject of Cybersecurity 101 in a webinar on Monday, October 30. Come and learn more about how to protect your restaurant investment.





The Colorado Restaurant Association is led by people actively involved in our industry. The men and women who serve as directors of the Association have not only successfully run their own businesses, but have volunteered countless hours in effective leadership within the Association. We are pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Leadership for the Association and we thank them for their dedication. They officially began their term at the recent October Board of Directors meeting. Meet them here!





At the CRA Board Orientation last week, the Government Affairs Committee met to discuss legislative issues happening around the country and how we can be prepared when they come to Colorado. Mike Whatley, Vice President of State and Local Affairs for the National Restaurant Association spoke about these reoccurring issues and how other states have handled them. Issues currently facing restaurants around the country include: paid leave, marijuana, restrictive scheduling, the opioid epidemic, allergen trends, paid family and medical leave, expanded menu labeling, sugary sweetened beverage taxes, BAC limits, and social issues like bathroom bills. The Committee had in-depth conversations about these topics and our government affairs team is using that feedback to prepare for the coming legislative session where some of these issues may come up.


+ If you want to provide input to the CRA on how we should be representing the restaurant industry at the state legislature, we encourage you to join the Legislative Sub Committee. This committee meets via conference call once a week during the legislative session to discuss all of the bills that will impact our industry in Colorado. Interested? Please contact Nick Hoover.




Teams are selling out fast! Act now if you want to get in on the bowling action on November 8th for an industry friendly bowling competition to raise funds for the Mile High Chapter Hardship Fund and the CRF Angel Relief Fund. Can’t bowl but still want to participate? Then register for the rooting (aka heckling) section. Everyone is welcome! Learn more and Register Here!




Wondering who’s joined the club? Take a look at our new CRA members, and reach out to welcome them.



Get the recognition you deserve with the Restaurant Neighbor Award and Faces of Diversity Award

On The Fly – October Edition

Slips Trips and Falls - Safety Group Training on November 8




November 1-11: Culinary Cinema – 40th Annual Denver Film Festival

November 8: Bowling for Bucks

November 8: Slips Trips and Falls - Safety Group Training

November 9: Durango Chapter Meeting

November 14: Breckenridge Chapter Meeting

November 16: Pikes Peak Chapter Board Meeting

November 21: Mile High Chapter Board Meeting & Member Mixer




November 13: ServSafe Food Safety Certification course – Denver

November 14: ServSafe Alcohol Certification course – Denver

November 15: ServSafe Food - Loveland

*Pre-registration required


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