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New NRA headquarters aims to invoke ‘best of the industry’

National Restaurant Association CEO Dawn Sweeney welcomed Washington, D.C.’s restaurant community to an unveiling of the NRA’s new headquarters Wednesday.

“Our goal in designing this new headquarters was to showcase the optimism, excellence and spirit of hospitality of our industry,” Sweeney told the 150-plus guests. “We sincerely hope this space invokes the very best of the industry itself.”

The NRA headquarters includes a restaurant-grade kitchen made possible by Illinois Tool Works and an outdoor terrace dedicated by the Trinchero Family Estates winery in Napa, Calif.

The event drew restaurant owners, executives and chefs, leaders of several trade associations and policy-makers. The guests included Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.), who is responsive to the restaurateurs in his congressional district; restaurateurs Geoff Tracy, Ris Lacoste and Christianne Ricchi; and Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington CEO Kathy Hollinger.

Other VIPs included Burger King President Alex Macedo, White Castle’s Jamie Richardson, DISCUS CEO Peter Cressy, American Forest & Paper Association CEO Donna Harman, American Land Title Association CEO Michelle Korsmo, American Bakers Association CEO Rob MacKie, Beer Institute President Joe McClain, National Association of Chain Drug Stores CEO Steve Anderson, and American Farm Bureau’s Julie Anna Potts.

Attendees were treated to cocktails created by mixologist Todd Thrasher of PX and Restaurant Eve. ProStart students from Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center in Virginia prepared dessert. ProStart is a nationwide culinary program for high school students from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The Foundation recently moved to the new D.C. headquarters from Chicago.


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