History of the Connecticut Restaurant Association
The Connecticut Restaurant Association has been a vital part of the state's hospitality industry since 1973. Founded as the "Associated Restaurants of Connecticut," the AROC as it was called, served its members through educational and training programs, as well as its ongoing legislative efforts.
These were the lean years for the association… as the membership rolls were building, the executive offices shared a small portion of the business offices of one of its Board Members. It was also not uncommon in those days for members of the Board to lend money to the Association to meet its monthly operating expenses!
The Association's Officers and Directors knew that there was "strength in association," and that their early efforts were not being wasted. Connecticut's Legislators and Commissioners immediately recognized this group as the representative in fact of Connecticut's Hospitality industry, and worked closely with the association in all matters of legislation and regulation.
The Connecticut Restaurant Association realizes and appreciates its debt to its founders, and continues to build upon the foundation that they laid more than 30 years ago.
The CRA Today
Today, the Connecticut Restaurant Association provides a unified voice for an industry that employs over 145,000 people in Connecticut. We truly are the voice of hospitality in Connecticut. The real value of a CRA membership far exceeds the cost of dues, even if members only consider the cost of the representation we provide at the State Capitol. A CRA membership is one of the best investments you can make. From credit card and payroll processing to music licensing, legal consultation and property-casualty insurance, your membership dues entitle you to exclusive benefits and discounts from our endorsed vendors and industry partners.