“The Louisiana Restaurant Association exists to help its members--the cornerstone of their communities--build customer loyalty, rewarding careers and financial success."

The Louisiana Restaurant Association was established in 1946 to promote, protect and serve the interests of the state’s foodservice and hospitality industry. Under the leadership of its original officers and directors, the association set forth several founding principles that continue to guide the association to this day. Since its inception, the LRA has become one of the most outstanding state restaurant associations in the nation and is heralded as a leader among all trade associations.

In 1982, the association formed its Self Insurer's Fund for workers’ compensation – one of the most successful programs of its kind in the country. In 1995, the LRA moved its operations to its current 23,000-square foot headquarter building in Metairie, Louisiana. The association’s Education Foundation was established in 1996 and boasts one of the nation’s premier ProStart® programs with 45 schools and approximately 1,200 students participating statewide. The annual Louisiana Foodservice & Hospitality EXPO, hosted by the LRA, is recognized as the region’s top tradeshow for the foodservice industry.

The LRA is governed by a Board of Directors that represents all segments of the foodservice and hospitality industry in Louisiana. The LRA, LRA SIF and LRA Education Foundation have a staff of professionals with the president serving as chief executive officer. Today, the LRA’s nine statewide chapters are composed of 7,500 restaurant operations and related businesses, including hotels, caterers, institutional feeders and suppliers of goods and services to the restaurant industry.




  • In 2015, restaurants in Louisiana are expected to have an economic impact of $7.3 billion.

  • Every $1 spent in restaurants in LA generates an additional $0.96 in sales for other industries in the state.

  • State sales tax revenue generated by the Louisiana restaurant industry is more than $134 million annually.

  • There are approximately 16,700 eating-and-drinking places in LA.

  • By 2025, employment in the restaurant industry in LA is expected to reach 219,700, up 16,600 jobs from 2015.

  • The restaurant industry is the state’s largest private employer, providing jobs to nearly 200,000 residents.

  • Restaurant sales per capita in LA are $1,600.

  • Each additional $1 million spent in eating-and-drinking places in LA generates an additional 29.4 jobs in the state.