Welcome to the IRC

Thank you  for your interest in joining the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC). What started in March 2020 as a phone call between a few chefs and restaurateurs from around the country became, within a few days, a national advocacy group for independent restaurants and bars across America. The IRC was founded on the simple belief that there is power to affect legislative change if we unite our voices.

One of the silver linings in moments of crisis is our collective propensity to form communities and we are grateful to welcome you to ours. We look forward to having your voice add strength to our nationwide effort to save independent restaurants and bars.

The IRC was formed to save local restaurants and bars affected by COVID-19. This national movement has grown quickly. Together, as small businesses across this country, independent bars and restaurants represent up to 4% of the nation's GDP. For the 11 million people employed by restaurants & bars — and the millions of workers up and down the food supply and delivery chains — these small businesses cannot fail.

Over the course of the last two years we have developed into a nonprofit corporation applying for tax-exempt recognition under Section(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code and have the following guiding purpose, principles and practices.

Our Purpose:  committed to building a sustainable future for Independent Restaurateurs, their employees and the communities they support.

Our Principles:  Being independent shouldn’t mean being alone. We believe that independent restaurateurs deserve a voice that’s heard, collaborators that care, a roadmap to resources and the potential for profit.

Our Practices:  To do this work, we engage inclusively, collaborate generously, educate tirelessly, and advocate loudly. 

Member Benefits

We are currently offering three classes of memberships: Trade Members, Partner Members, and Associate Members. Please visit our Join Us page for more details about each class of membership and to sign up. The services and products to support our members will evolve over time. In our first year we will provide you with the following. 

Advocacy: You can contribute to the strong advocacy programs centered on assuring that our businesses are being supported by our federal policy makers.

Community: Our coalition of over 100,000 people keeps in touch with each other and current issues through the coalition's web site, frequent Zoom calls and email updates of emerging issues relevant to our industry.

Education: Gathering knowledge about everything from tax credits to hiring practices to the latest pandemic inspired pivot can be daunting. IRC members have the opportunity to share ideas, and develop new ways to improve their business and the industry through member forums, seminars and workshops. 

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