SAVE THE DATE: Fall Member Meeting & Commonwealth Hospitality Forum
August 31–September 1 at Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites | Save the date for our next all member meeting and first Commonwealth Hospitality Forum—an afternoon of learning and networking. Speakers include Mark D'Amico from Dana Communications (SEO & Google's Mobile Update), Darnell Halloway from Yelp (Winning the Hearts & Minds of Customers on Yelp), The Liquor Lady Melissa Davis (Six Keys to Creating A Buzz Worthy Bar).
The post-meeting reception—tastED—will be an educational food & drink event benefiting Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry. Details to follow, registration opening soon.
CSRA Mourns the Passing of Bruce Cotton
The Council of State Restaurant Associations is deeply saddened to share that Bruce Cotton, an industry icon, passed away on Wednesday, Jul. 15 at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore at the age of 84. Cotton was a long-time spokesman and executive for companies such as Cracker Barrel, Jerrico and Long John Silver's. Over the years, Cotton occupied the role of director of public affairs with many companies, and it was his insights that helped shape the relationships that foodservice operators have today with lawmakers in Washington, D.C. Read the complete obituary.
VA ABC Enforcement Panel Update
The Virginia ABC Enforcement Expert Review Panel met again on July 8. Following testimony from industry representatives, including our VA ABC Legal Counsel Tom Lisk of Eckert Seamans, we do not believe the Panel will recommend a separation of Enforcement and Regulation. Read the Full Update »