It Pays to Belong!


1,200 restaurants in New Mexico understand that together we are strong.

Help your restaurant by becoming a member and saving money on natural gas, work comp insurance, credit card processing and more…


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Our Story

Welcome To NMRA

We are YOUR professional organization. Are you frustrated putting out fires (sometimes literally) on a daily basis? Wondering where the next emergency will come from, someone calling in sick or quitting just as you get them trained? Well the New Mexico Restaurant Association (NMRA) is ready to help you put systems in place so you can sleep at night and be on your way to having the successful business you always dreamed you would have.

You will also be relieved to know, as a member, you have a voice in government. Legislators and regulators consistently consult us. We protect our industry from particularly troublesome laws with a professional staff of qualified lobbyists. As a member of NMRA you are automatically a member of the National Restaurant Association and receive all of their benefits as well. 

Only the Best

Negotiated Discounts For Our Members

Because we have 1,200 members we are able to negotiate special discounts for our members so you can save money and time vetting different vendors.

Up to $50

Education Discounts

$50 Off Manager Certification, 30% Off Food Handler Card, 20% Off Alcohol Server Class — Fast, State Approved, Nationally Accredited, Online, Convenient! Classes all over the state. Private classes are also available. See a list of our classes in your area or call NMRA at 505-343-9848 to sign up today.

Self-Insured Fund

Workers’ Comp Insurance

Association Created and Administered Workers’ Compensation Program —  Aggressive claims administration, coupled with reasonable premium payment plans and no interest charges. All money not used to pay claims or related expenses is refunded back to members.

Up to 20% Discount

Natural Gas

Tiger Natural Gas provider serving those in NM Gas Co. districts. Local and wholly American owned, equal reliability, superior personal service, natural gas savings.


Employee Handbook

Prepared by a New Mexico Attorney and customized to your restaurant’s policies!  This is a $750 benefit FREE to members of the association. Contact NMRA for a secure link to get started.

Association Pricing


Fast, secure omni-channel payment processing and business solutions including payments, payroll, point of sale, customer engagement and lending. Contact NMRA to find out more…505-343-9848

New Mexico Solutions


Solutions for property and casualty insurance, as well as individual and group health and wellness plans for NM employers. Affordable Coverage. Many Options. Get a quote or policy analysis. Call NMRA to find out more…

10% up to 25% Discounts

Point of Sale

Technology at its best. Ipad-based POS system designed exclusively for restaurants and bars. Simplify management and improve your customer experience.

Up to 10% Discount

Music Licensing

Get discounts on BMI and SESAC for music licensing in bars, restaurants and drinking establishments.



What People are Saying

“We get the power of a bigger company”

“NMRA gives the new restaurateur the power of a bigger company. The biggest benefit is that the NMRA sticks up for our industry on the government level.”

Matt DiGregory, CEO Home on The Range, Inc.

“Saved me money…”

“I have had the opportunity to meet other restaurant owners and share experiences and great stories. The restaurant association has saved me money with workers’ comp, music and so many other ways.”

Marie Coleman, Church Street Cafe

“Membership proved to be a wise decision.”

“We joined NMRA in 2009. This proved to be a wise decision. We took full advantage of everything the NMRA has to offer.”

Wayne Moore, Director of Bistro Operations for
St. Clair Winery.

“Important advocacy work…”

“As individual owner/operators, we simply do not have the time to do this important advocacy work…. but our Association does and does it well!!!! “

Tom and Jerean Hutchinson, Owners La Posta and Hacienda de Mesilla

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Members Only Savings and Benefits

The Hospitality Awards – Past, Present and Future

The Hospitality Industry Awards – Past, Present and Future NMRA’s Hospitality Industry Awards, the biggest and hottest industry event is a one-of-a-kind awards ceremony celebrating restaurants and their employees and the future of our industry with nominees from...

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How to Create an “Instagrammable” Restaurant

With a camera in everyone’s pocket nowadays, we’ve become pre-programmed to snap pictures of our food, whether it’s to show friends and family, or to post it on social media. According to Yelp, users searching for the word “Instagram” in their restaurant and food...

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Restaurants Rock New Mexico!

Join us as we celebrate restaurants! We're proud of our industry and we have a lot to celebrate! Here's how restaurants rock New Mexico: Some restaurant facts that ROCK: 1/2 of all adults have worked in restaurants. 1 in 3 first jobs are in restaurants. 95,800 New...

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Harassment Resources

More sexual harassment claims are filed in the restaurant industry than any other, according to an article in Harvard Business Review, with 90 percent of women and 70 percent of men having reported instances of sexual harassment within the industry. Here at NMRA, we...

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