The Louisiana Restaurant Association announced its 2021 volunteer leadership with Keith Bond as its Chair. Bond has been in the restaurant business since 1997 when he and his wife Shelly partnered with her father to open the second Mel’s Diner in Broussard. Named for Shelly’s mother Mel, she and Keith are rebuilding the original Mel’s Diner Johnston Street location which was gutted by a fire and is expected to reopen it in April 2021. He has served on the LRA’s Board of Directors since 2014 and has been active in the LRA’s Acadiana chapter for many years.
“The LRA is fortunate to be led by a group of professionals who are actively involved in the restaurant industry, especially after the past year we’ve experienced,” said Stan Harris, LRA President and CEO. “These leaders support their peers by sharing best practices and ideas on how we can make this industry more resilient. Their willingness to volunteer their time and efforts during an extremely difficult business climate is critical to the mission of the LRA.”
The 2021 officers of the LRA:
The following members were elected to serve as an LRA Director for a one-year term in 2021:
Greater Baton Rouge Chapter:
Greater New Orleans Chapter: