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Monika Zuluaga

Vice President, Membership & Marketing

401-223-1120, ext. 116


The RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) is pleased to announce that the State’s restaurant industry is expected to post 2.3% growth in 2014 to reach $1,980,821 in sales, according to the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) 2014 Restaurant Industry Forecast. hode Island restaurants will employ 50,600 next year and create an additional 3,100 jobs in the next decade.


“These new numbers represent a very positive outlook for the restaurant industry in Rhode Island,” said Dale Venturini, President and CEO of RIHA. “Despite many obstacles over the past several years, it appears that we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.”


2014 will mark the fifth consecutive year of restaurant industry sales growth nationally despite a continued challenging economic landscape. Overall, industry sales are projected to exceed $683 billion in 2014, up 3.6 percent from 2013’s sales volume of $659 billion.


2014 will also mark the 15th straight year in which restaurant industry employment growth will outpace overall employment growth. The industry will continue to be the nation’s second largest private employer with 990,000 restaurants employing 13.5 million individuals or 10 percent of the total workforce. The NRA expects restaurants to add 1.3 million new positions in the next decade, pushing industry employment to 14.8 million by 2024.


“As our nation continues its road to recovery, the restaurant industry will remain a key driver of economic growth and a leading jobs creator,” said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. “Restaurants touch every community across the U.S., and 2014 will be a year of growth and innovation as the industry focuses on inspired new ways to meet consumer demand while providing valuable careers to millions of Americans.” 


While the restaurant industry is expected to grow in 2014, operators will continue to face a range of challenges. The top challenges cited by restaurateurs vary slightly by industry segment, and include government regulations, food costs, labor costs, and the economy.


For more information about the NRA’s 2014 Restaurant Industry Forecast, visit


About the National Restaurant Association

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 980,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 17-20, 2014, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options. For more information, visit and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.

 About the RI Hospitality Association

With more than 650 foodservice and hospitality members in Rhode Island, the RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) has been the voice of the hospitality industry in the state since 1982.  For more information on the RIHA, please call (401) 223-1120, or write to: RI Hospitality Association,

94 Sabra Street, Cranston, RI, 02910
, or visit


List of Articles
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23 General New Industry of Opportunity video shares success stories file RIHA Apr 10, 2013
RI Restaurant featured Tina and Anthony Tomaselli or T's Restaurants in Cranston and East Greenwich  
22 General Karsten Hart, Executive Chef at Castle Hill Inn and Resorts, Newport, RI Presented At The New England Food Show On Monday, March 12, 2012 file RIHA Apr 10, 2013
The New England Food Show is the largest trade event for the retail and foodservice market. During the event you can experience chef demonstrations and educational sessions on a variety of different topics. One of Rhode Island's own, Karsten...  
21 RIHA Discount Parking Program at RI Convention Center file RIHA Apr 10, 2013
The Rhode Island Hospitality Association is partnering with the Convention Center to offer a discounted parking option. The discounts will be available to hospitality workers, and event patrons who park in the center's garage. Please contact...  
20 Reports RI Hospitality 2012 Annual Report file RIHA Apr 10, 2013
Click here to view the annual report Legislative Affairs 10% is 2Much Campaign National Restuarant Association Faces of Diversity Award Gift Certificates and Gift Cards as a Donation RIHA Member Testimonial. Our recent success in stopping th...  
19 General Five food preparation tips to keep you safe for July 4 and all summer long [1] Monika Jul 17, 2013
GAIL CIAMPA   With 4 of July picnics looming, and temps keeping it warm, it’s time to discuss food safety. How to pack a cooler ranks as high as keeping hands washed. The RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) has s...  
18 Reports Consumers talk as R.I.'s health-insurance marketplace set to open Tuesday [8] file Monika Oct 16, 2013
By Felice J. FreyerFelice J. FreyerProvidence JournalJournal Medical Writer Published: September 28 2013 11:15  
17 General 2012 Faces of Diversity [2] file Monika Oct 18, 2013
The National Restaurant Association's Faces of Diversity awards program celebrates restaurants and industry professionals who contribute to and embrace the diversity that makes the restaurant industry so successful. Meet Bahjat Shariff, Sen...  
16 RIHA RI Hospitality Association Expects Rhodies to Rely Heavily on Restaurants this Thanksgiving and Black Friday file Monika Nov 20, 2013
79 Million Americans Will Dine Out or Order Food this Holiday Says NRA   Cranston, RI (November 19, 2013) – Rhode Island restaurants are busily preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday according to the RI Hospitality Association (RIHA). This ...  
15 RIHA Up-to-the-minute Feeds of Congressman Jim Langevin’s Rhode Island Food Week Monika Feb 28, 2014
Published by David Dadekian on February 19, 2014    from left to right: Dale Venturini, Davide Dukcevich, Rep. Jim Langevin, Allan Tear, Jesse Rye   Congressman Jim Langevin kicked off a tour of food-related businesses in Rhode Island on Mon...  
14 RIHEF ABC6: RIHA 3rd Annual Prostart Competition file Monika Feb 28, 2014
By Alana Cerrone ABC6 Students from three Rhode Island high schools put on their chef hats to compete for hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship money. 7 teams from The Exeter Job Core Academy, Chariho Career and Technical Center, ...  
» RIHA Rhode Island Restaurant Industry Expected to Post Growth in 2014 Despite Sustained Challenges file Monika Mar 06, 2014
The RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) is pleased to announce that the State’s restaurant industry is expected to post 2.3% growth in 2014 to reach $1,980,821 in sales, according to the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) 2014 Restaurant...  
12 RIHA RI Hospitality Association Promotes Monika Nair to Member Services and Communications Manager file Monika Mar 06, 2014
Cranston, RI – January 30, 2014 – The RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) is proud to announce that Monika Nair of Pawtucket, RI has been promoted to Member Services and Communications Manager.   Previously, Nair worked as Marketing Coordinat...  
11 RIHA Cumberland Resident and Restaurateur Appointed to National Restaurant Association Board of Directors file Monika Mar 06, 2014
The RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) is proud to announce that fellow board member and Cumberland resident and restaurateur Bahjat Shariff has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Restaurant Association (NRA). Th...  
10 RIHEF Dale J. Venturini and Heather R. Singleton: Workforce Board boosts R.I. economy file Monika Apr 07, 2014
By Dale J. Venturini and Heather R. SingletonDale J. Venturini and Heather R. SingletonProvidence Journal Published: April 07 2014 01:00 On behalf of the fourth largest industry and the 64,000-plus employees in the food service, lodging and...  
9 RIHEF The New England Whiskey Festival file Monika Oct 20, 2014
The New England Whiskey Festival generated $3,000 for the RI Hospitality Education Foundation. Twin River Casino hosted this 1st annual event with partial proceeds to benefit our 501c3 non-profit corporation. From left to right are Frank Ma...  
8 RIHEF Officials help raise $8,000 for charity pouring coffee file Monika Feb 10, 2015
Last Friday morning Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien, Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello and House Majority Leader John DeSimone forgave their suit jackets for aprons and pens for coffee pots. The officials be...  
7 RIHEF Ted Nesi’s Saturday Morning Post: Feb. 7 Monika Feb 10, 2015
Just before his arrival for Friday’s taping of Newsmakers, Mayor Avedisian was working a shift as a bus boy at Gregg’s in Warwick alongside Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien. Are the two municipal chiefs really that hard up for cash? No, it was al...  
6 RIHA Junior Achievement Names Profile in Excellence Award Recipients Monika Feb 10, 2015
Junior Achievement of Rhode Island is honoring four Rhode Islanders as recipients of the 2015 Morris J.W. Gaebe Profile in Excellence Award.  These honorees are recognized for the positive impact their leadership has had on the Rhode Island ...  
5 RIHEF National Restaurant Association ServSafe Program Reaches New Heights with 6 Million Certifications Monika Mar 04, 2015
National Restaurant Association ServSafe Program Reaches New Heights with 6 Million Certifications Friendly’s Manager Earns 6 Millionth Food Safety Handling Certification   (Providence, R.I.) The National Restaurant Association (NRA) reache...  
4 RIHA Officials help raise $8,000 for charity pouring coffee Monika Mar 05, 2015
Officials help raise $8,000 for charity pouring coffee Kelcy Dolan- Warwick Beacom,99897?category_id=4&content_class=1&town_id=1&sub_ty...