The CT Restaurant Association finalizes its multi-year leadership plan

CRA Press Release:

24 October 2021

The Connecticut Restaurant Association (CRA) today announced that its board of directors has finalized a new multi-year contract with current executive director Scott Dolch, who has led the CRA since 2018. Under the three-year agreement, Dolch will be promoted to a new role of President and CEO of the Connecticut Restaurant Association.

“In this time of crisis for our industry, Scott Dolch has been a firm hand and guiding voice for Connecticut restaurants, and we are delighted that he continues to lead the CRA in this new role,” said Marvin Irby. , Interim President and CEO. for the National Association of Restaurateurs. “It is vitally important that as our industry continues to rebound and rebuild after the pandemic, we have leaders like Scott to serve as partners and ambassadors to national and local elected officials.”

“Scott has been a tremendous leader for Connecticut restaurants, building on the great work of his predecessors to make the association even more vibrant and valuable to our members – I am delighted that he continues to lead us in years to come, ”said Dan Meiser, chairman of the Connecticut Restaurant Association board. “In this new role, Scott will build on our existing work to provide new tools to members, continue to build our brand with stakeholders and the public, and share critical news for our industry every day.

“So many Connecticut restaurants are small family businesses, and having now held my current role for over three years, I am extremely proud to be part of their collective family and to help our industry speak with one voice.” , Dolch said. “The coming years will continue to be difficult for our members, who still struggle despite Connecticut’s continued economic recovery. I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to represent an industry that is so vital to the economic future of the country. Connecticut, and to do so at such a critical time in our history. ”

The main achievements of the RCAF under Dolch’s leadership include:

Increased membership of the association from 400 to over 2,100 statewide;

Provide over $ 560,000 in grants to local restaurants through the new CT Restaurant Relief Fund;

Establish a CT Hospitality Employee Relief Fund of $ 165,000 to provide allowances to hospitality workers throughout Connecticut;

Create the first COVID-19 operational guide for all restaurants and launch the “Connecticut Restaurant Promise,” which provides best practices and guidance to help individual restaurants navigate state guidelines, so they can provide a safe environment for their employees and customers;

Extension of outdoor dining to allow all restaurants to use unique outdoor spaces for additional dining options; Increase consumer confidence in on-site dining through a national and local #saveCTrestaurants television campaign.

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This press release was produced by the CRA. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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