MRA to honor annual award winners on Nov. 16
WALTHAM, MA – The Massachusetts Restaurant Association holds its annual Hall of Fame awards dinner November 16 at the Westin Hotel here, celebrating members for extraordinary devotion to the industry they serve. This year, honorees are Steve Miller, owner of Clarke’s at Faneuil Hall; the Wong Family, owners/operators of Kowloon Restaurant, Saugus; Kevin Harron of Burton’s Grill & Bar in Burlington and John Coyne, MRA’s General Counsel. Cocktails are served at 5:30 with dinner and the program following at 7 p.m. For tickets, priced at $125 per person, visit www.themassrest.org.
BOSTON – A proposed two percent tax on the sale of alcoholic beverages here is under attack from the Distilled Spirits Council, the national trade association representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the U.S.and No Boston Drink Tax, a coalition consisting of the Massachusetts Package Store Assn., Massachusetts Restaurant Assn., Beer Distributors of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Wine & Spirits Wholesalers and the Distilled Spirits Council.
The two percent citywide tax would mean double and triple taxation on alcoholic beverage purveyors and would impact the hospitality industry here, the Distilled Spirits Council estimates, by costing the city close to $10 million in lost sales and more than 130 jobs.
Distilled Spirits Council Vice President Jay Hibbard declared in a published report that “by instituting double and triple taxation on alcohol, the city of Boston will endanger jobs, limit sales, and ultimately hurt responsible consumers.” Currently on-premise alcohol sales are subject to both the 6.25 percent state sales tax and the additional 2.5 percent meals and lodging tax. The change would bring the city’s sales tax to 10.25 percent, one of the highest in the entire country.
For more details, contact the Distilled Spirits Council at 202-682-8840.
Horizon Beverage Company presented the Massachusetts Restaurant Association with its largest donation in the group’s history – $80,000 – targeted for MRA Educational Foundation at a recent event at Boston Chops.
The program included a check presentation to the MRAEF by Horizon Beverage Company representatives with Chef-Owner Chris Coombs (a MRAEF ProStart scholarship recipient), as well as brief remarks by MRAEF leadership and Doug Epstein, a fourth generation owner of Horizon Beverage Company, on behalf of his family and their company.
The $80K commitment will award $20K in scholarship prizes over the next four years at the MRAEF’s annual ‘Making the Future Bright Scholarship Awards Gala.’ Beginning with the awards gala in the spring of 2015, four Horizon Beverage scholarships will be awarded to students entering foodservice education programs. Award recipients will be selected by a committee including a representative from Horizon Beverage Company based on the quality of their applications, merit, and commitment to the foodservice industry. With this donation, the beverage distributors represented by the Epstein family will partner with the MRAEF to encourage the continued growth of Massachusetts’ hospitality industry by supporting education for the next generation of industry leaders.