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Connecticut Restaurant Association

  • Advocates for those in Connecticut’s restaurant industry
  • Provides information and networking services
  • Member benefits


A not-for-profit trade association, the Connecticut Restaurant Association offers advocacy on a number of issues affecting the state’s restaurant owners. The association also serves as a central hub for information to assist new and existing restaurant owners and maintains a platform for owners to network with one another. Members receive benefits such as discounts and competitive pricing on a variety of services.

Who’s it for?

Any existing or aspiring restaurant owners in Connecticut


The CRA is a full service, nonprofit trade association dedicated to support every type and size of restaurant. We are advocates for the Connecticut restaurant industry, a hub for information and a platform for networking. We commit ourselves to offering cost effective benefits and resources you need to run a profitable business.

Resources & Services


Resources available through the Connecticut Restaurant Association include a member directory covering numerous professions related to the food service industry, an events calendar, news feed, buyers guide, and a job board.

Member Benefits

The Connecticut Restaurant Association offers numerous options for members to save money on expenses, including cost savings eligibility offered through their Endorsed Partners Program. Member benefits include discounts, exclusive pricing, free consulting, and more.

ServSafe Courses

These courses cover crucial topics on safety and risk mitigation, including hygiene, sanitation, cooking temperature, and safe storage. Participants can choose to take classes online, online with a personal proctor, or in person. All courses meet the requirements for state certification.


A philanthropic arm, the Connecticut Hospitality Educational Foundation, works to attract and retain a professional workforce to Connecticut’s restaurant industry through education and workforce development opportunities. CHEF offers scholarships to students pursuing a career in food service and maintains the Connecticut Hospitality Emergency Relief Fund to provide emergency funds to hospitality workers.


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