The Louisiana Restaurant Association is led by people actively involved in our industry. The men and women who are elected as officers of the Association have not only successfully run their own businesses, but have volunteered countless hours in effective leadership within the Association. The officers of the LRA are elected by their peers to represent the foodservice industry in Louisiana.

Dear LRA Members,                      
My year as chair of the Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) is coming to an end. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many of you at your chapter meetings, during the National Restaurant Association's (NRA) Public Affairs Conference, the NRA Show and at the Louisiana Foodservice & Hospitality EXPO.

Our association exists to help you--the cornerstone of your community--build customer loyalty, have a rewarding career and achieve financial success. There are several ways the LRA provides these valuable benefits to you.

For more than a 32 years, the LRA Self Insurer's Fund (LRA SIF) has been the only workers' compensation program specifically designed to meet the needs of Louisiana's hospitality industry. If you use the LRA SIF, you are familiar with the program; however, if you do not, please consider getting a comparison quote today. You could actually begin saving your hard-earned profits!

The keys to serving your guests safely on all fronts are the LRA benefits of ServSafe food safety, the online ServSafe alcohol training and the ServSafe Allergens course. The LRA has trained more than 50,000 people collectively in these programs and is the largest provider of these types of training in the state. Visit today to learn more.

The LRA Education Foundation is your charitable organization. This year alone, the LRAEF awarded 30 students $61,000 in scholarships to continue their restaurant management and culinary arts education. Since 2009, the LRAEF has awarded $200,000.

Above all and one benefit that isn't tangible is advocacy. The LRA is your advocate at the local, state and even federal level. This is accomplished by a dedicated staff that constantly monitors regulatory and legislative activity may impact the industry. You play a significant role in funding these activities when you contribute a portion of your dues to the LRA Hospitality Political Action Committee.

My year of service as chair of the LRA has been an incredible opportunity. It was rewarding to have given my time for the betterment of Louisiana's restaurant industry. Thank you to all our members and suppliers for your dedication and commitment to improving this great industry.

Bruce Attinger
Market Partner, Grub Burger Bar


2014 LRA Chair 
Bruce Attinger

Grub Burger Bar
Baton Rouge, LA


Vice Chair

Tony Abadie
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans          


Katy Casbarian
Arnaud's Restaurant, New Orleans

Fabian Castillo
La Casa Del Sol, Houma & Thibodaux

At Large
Greg Reggio
Taste Buds Management, New Orleans