Formed in 1937, the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) serves as the advocate and resource for the food service industry in Texas, representing the state’s $70 billion
restaurant industry. This summer, the TRA held its 2022 Texas Restaurant Show (formally TRA Marketplace) in Dallas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The show—which celebrated its 85th anniversary this year—was projected to bring more than $2 million in revenue to Dallas-area businesses. The Texas Restaurant Show includes interactive displays, forward-thinking products and equipment, cutting-edge technology, and more than 400 exhibitors. It also included Lone Star Bash at Gilley’s Dallas, benefiting the programs and initiatives of the Texas Restaurant Foundation, the workforce development arm of the TRA.

Planners looking for a destination with an array of venue types, all catering to small-scaled meetings, and fun after-hours entertainment need look no further than McKinney, located just 30 miles north of Dallas. Whether historic, nature-based, modern, or situated in a Croatian village, McKinney’s venues are designed to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

 

Engage with peers and leaders in Plano, Texas, during this learning and networking event.

The Texas Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus has announced the location of its 2023 Winter Conference. Attendees will gather in Plano, Texas, from January 17-20, 2023. The yearly event gives destination marketing organization staff and leadership the opportunity to learn from expert presenters, meet industry mentors, and find camaraderie in an atmosphere of learning and innovation.

 

Event hosts can choose whether the view rotates or stays put.

The iconic Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas will soon welcome a new restaurant, Crown Block steakhouse. Reunion Tower restaurants have been renown over the years for their slowly rotating view of the city. However, owners and husband-wife business partners Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau have chosen to keep the dining area stationary. The previous restaurant, Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty, spun 360 degrees, but it closed in 2020 during the pandemic.