Credit Card Processing

Fast, convenient, and secure. With over 40 years of industry leading experience Express Merchant Processing Solutions (EMPS) powered by First Data helps millions of businesses like yours bring safe, easy, cost-effective payments to their customers with affordable support-regardless of size.

Connecticut Restaurant Association and First Data are ready to help you:

  • Accept more forms of payment - Visa®, MasterCard®, Diners Club®, American Express®, Discover® Network and JCB®, plus debit, gift cards and more
  • Improve cash flow - Receive funds quickly from the bank of your choice
  • Receive personalized support - Superior technical support 24/7/365
  • Easily manage your transaction data - FREE online reporting and account information anywhere, anytime

IT PAYS TO SWITCH. First Data will not only provide you with payment processing value, security, and reliability ... receive up to $250 to switch! Also, learn about how Gift Cards can increase your bottom line.  

Connecticut Contact: 
Tim McCann, 203-615-2562 or

Phone: 800-601-4702

Switch to FirstData Today!

Point of Sale -- Micros

Members receive discounts on systems and supplies from Micros Systems, the leader in POS solutions for the hospitality industry.


Gary Gosselin

Connecticut Restaurant Association Insurance Program

Providing the restaurant industry with a member-only reduced pricing program on insurance coverage (Workers' Compensation, P&C, liability, etc.). Discover the best pricing and coverage through this exclusive program.

Contact: Tina Gerard
Phone: 860-232-4491 x126

Health Insurance

Tim Buckley

Trumbull Group Benefits of West Hartford

61 South Main Street, Suite 206

West Hartford, CT 06107



Legal Services

Siegel, O'Connor, O'Donnell & Beck, PC is a Connecticut based labor and employment law practice dedicated exclusively to the representation of management. CRA members receive a FREE quarterly consultation.

Contact: Edward "Bud" F. O'Donnell, Jr.
Phone: 860-727-8900

Utility Programs

CBC Energy

CBC Energy is a full service energy broker dedicated to delivering true savings on electric and natural gas to commercial customers. Electricity and gas are commodities that fluctuate on a daily basis and can affect your business' profitability.


CBC Energy has a team of analysts to help your company explore all options to save money and provide you with the highest level of service. Through our relationships with major suppliers in both the electric and natural gas markets, we are able to offer the best possible product, price, and term.

Barry Burns




Payroll Processing

CRA members receive reduced rates from Datapay, our endorsed payroll processing provider. First month free and no fee for W-2s.

Contact David Kaletski (860-751-9057) or Jim O’Sullivan (860-751-9466) at Datapay Payroll to start saving money on your payroll fees today.

Red Book Solutions

Red Book Solutions, in partnership with the National Restaurant Association, have created three daily playbooks which incorporate ServSafe and ServSafe Alcohol policies and procedures into your every day activities. CRA Members receive a 10% discount on the Manager's Red Book, the Heart of the House Yellow Book and the Bar Green Book. Buy On-line Today!

Contact:  Leif Brandon


Phone: 800.526.9635 ext. 1175

Accounting Services

J.H. Cohn's hospitality team will assess your restaurant's last filed tax return at no cost or obligation, focusing on tax savings opportunities such as the availability of Federal and state income tax credits and depreciation options, and provide you with comments and feedback.

Contact:  Mark English

Phone:    860-633-3000


Email Marketing

Fishbowl has helped 40,000 restaurants opt in over 70 million guests.  Fishbowl offers unlimited email campaigns, automated loyalty messages, list building tools, social media interaction, over 450 restaurant specific templates, and 10 % for CRA members!

Thank you to our Industry Partners


Connecticut Restaurant Association
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Hartford, CT  06106
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