It's been a busy start to 2018 for the IRA.

We hosted our Annual Meeting & Luncheon on February 1 at the Union League Club of Chicago. Check out the highlights here .

In Springfield, the IRA worked with local operators to stand up to a proposed restaurant tax on local eateries. We also shared our perspective on the proposed Department of Labor tip pooling rule.

On February 24, we celebrated the future leaders of the restaurant industry at the 2018 ProStart Invitational. Congrats to the 1 st Place Culinary and Management teams from Elgin High School and Woodruff Career and Technical Center!

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Reinhart Foodservice

Founded in 1972, Reinhart Foodservice is a part of the Reyes family of businesses and is one of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States.

With 28 distribution centers spanning the eastern half of the United States, Reinhart provides fresh produce, proteins, ingredients, supplies and equipment to customers across the country.

Learn more about Reinhart Foodservice .
Five Tips for Restaurant Expansion from Erik Baylis, Owner of Big Onion Tavern Group

Erik Baylis knows a thing or two about expanding a restaurant brand. Big Onion Tavern Group has nine successful concepts throughout Chicago, and their South Loop location of Fatpour Tapworks will open later this year.

Check out Erik's five tips for expansion for restaurateurs.