We are a member-driven organization that is focused on helping our members succeed. Founded in 1929, the Washington Restaurant Association is the leading business association representing the state’s hospitality industry and we are proud to serve our members.
Working in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association we are able to provide a dual membership with the WRA and the NRA, furthering the resources for members.
Helping our members succeed.
Providing unquestionable value to our members.
Solutions and training
Our Education Foundation provides Washington state’s hospitality community with educational, training and career development opportunities. Our programs focus on s food safety, alcohol server training and professional development. We also play an integral role in supporting the future of skilled employees for the industry. Our vocational culinary arts program, ProStart, is supported in more than 50 high schools throughout Washington state. Visit our Government Affairs section.
Industry news, information and resources
The information and resources available through the WRA is vast. We publish a monthly news magazine, The Front Burner, provide online daily industry news, weekly emails and our Handbook for Excellent Restaurant Operations is regarded highly among restaurateurs. We also manage a network of consultants that are the industry’s best in class and as well as promote restaurants through our consumer dining guide dineNW.com.
Restaurateurs work on tight profit margins and any assistance helping their bottom line is welcome. We have developed a rigorous process to find reputable companies, leverage your numbers to negotiate pricing on your behalf. We offer a host of business assistance programs, such as a workers’ compensation program, health insurance and other money saving resources. Learn how you can take advantage of cost savings through our Wise Buy program.