About the Greater Houston Restaurant Association


As a local chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association, the Greater Houston Restaurant Association strives to promote growth of the restaurant industry by providing educational programs, public awareness campaigns, and grass-roots government affairs initiatives.  Our association is just over 3,900 members strong, making it one of the larger trade associations in Houston.

We are committed to the long-term health of the industry, and are supported by restaurateurs and suppliers of the restaurant industry.  Our focus is to not only provide political support for restaurants, but to raise funds for those who will be the future of our industry, support community events and hospitality industry-related organizations, and market our members.

About the Texas Restaurant Association

Since 1937, the Texas Restaurant Association has existed to help our restaurant members increase sales, reduce expenses and improve profitability. Membership in the TRA is an investment in your business and in this industry. TRA brings all segments of the diverse restaurant and hospitality industry together. Whether you are a restaurateur, employee, educator or supplier you want to be a part of your industry's association.

Every year the Texas Restaurant Association produces the TRA Marketplace, the largest foodservice show in the southwest. The TRA is also the home of the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, which provides educational opportunities for restaurant careers in Texas.

We advocate before national, state and local elected and regulatory officials, protecting and advancing the interests of the industry. Our Training & Certification programs will help you and your employees get on the right track.

When you join TRA as a restaurant member you also become a member of the National Restaurant Association and your local chapter, there are 22 of them, multiplying the value of your investment.

We have a long history of promoting and advancing the restaurant industry in Texas. Join Us!

GHRA History

The TRA’s earliest records of the Greater Houston Restaurant Association operations date back nearly 70 years ago, when Washington 1958 famed restaurant operator, Sonny Look, gathered fellow restaurant operators to discuss the issues Houston restaurant businesses faced. Today, the association’s members gather and discuss pro-business initiatives. The GHRA continues to thrive. Houston has more TRA members than any other local chapter. We continue to be a strong advocate for our members politically, as well as a resource for information, training and networking opportunities.