Join Us

The Independent Restaurant Coalition was founded on the simple belief that our small businesses have the power to affect legislative change if we unite our voices. We are delighted to offer three classes of membership: Trade Members, Partner Members, and Associate Members. Dues are based on class of membership and business revenue.


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. 




Trade Members


Owners and operators of independent restaurants and bars who are actively involved in the daily operation of the business. Trade members pay an annual membership fee and are entitled to vote.

This class of membership is for restaurants and bars only, if you own a market or an event company, we would love for you to join us as a Partner member below.


Join as a Trade Member



Partner Members

Individuals or entities that do not own or operate independent restaurants and bars but whose business activities are directly engaged with the restaurant and bar industry.

Partner members pay an annual membership fee, may occupy a designated Board position, may serve on committees and are not entitled to vote.

Examples of business types that would fit into this category: 

  • Farmers, Ranchers, Fisherpeople 

  • Wine, Beer & Spirits producers and distributors

  • Coffee, tea and other beverage producers

  • Food Distributors




Associate Members

Individuals and entities who are unaffiliated with the Restaurant Industry directly, but who wish to sponsor and support the Restaurant Industry through the IRC's activities. 

Associate members pay an annual membership fee, may occupy a designated Board position, may serve on committees and are not entitled to vote.

Examples of businesses types that would fit into this category:

  • Marketing and Communications

  • Healthcare

  • Financial Services

  • Insurance

  • Legal 

  • Real Estate


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