Dear LRA Members,
It is truly an honor to represent the state’s restaurant industry this year as Chair of your association. The LRA has been instrumental in the success of my family’s restaurant—Catfish Cabin in Monroe—since it opened in 1972. I’ve gotten more out of my LRA membership than I could have ever imagined. Through my participation, I have learned how to be a better restaurant operator and made lasting relationships.
As I’ve traveled the state to install the 2013 Boards of the LRA Chapters, it’s given me the chance to meet many of you. These visits ensure that I understand the challenges and opportunities of our industry in order to represent each one of you, from the family-owned restaurants to the multi-unit operators.
This year, the Louisiana restaurant industry is expected to ring up $6.8 billion in annual sales, which is $300 million ahead of last year. The Super Bowl, Mardi Gras and the huge festivals and events that will follow in the spring will give us a great economic start to 2013.
No matter what area of Louisiana you live and work, it’s our collective interests in our future and our growth that makes Louisiana’s restaurant industry a truly great one in which to be a part of.
2013 LRA Chair
Catfish Cabin, Monroe, LA
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