Your Voice-Our Voice-One Voice
Together we are strong. 1,200 individual restaurants understand that our collective industry voice is stronger than one single restaurant voice. NMRA represents the entire restaurant industry to elected officials at all levels of government and regulatory bodies.
Cornerstone of New Mexico Communities
The restaurant industry is a unique part of the fabric of New Mexico.
A cornerstone of every community.
We are an industry of first jobs and second chances.
Our members are an entry point into the job market for many. And a good stepping stone to a brighter future for everyone.
Commitment to New Mexico Communities
Our responsibility is to the backbone of New Mexico’s communities — Entrepreneurship and old-fashioned hospitality.
That’s why we are committed to breaking down the barriers of over-regulation, and empowering small businesses to do what they do best: Hiring in, and enhancing local communities.
New Mexico Minimum Wage Information
at this time there are 7 different minimum wages in New Mexico. NMRA is one of the only organizations that keeps a comprehensive, detailed webpage with all of the relevant information you need to pay your people correctly.
Our legislative menu is a hit with members as well as legislators. This synopsis of the issues effecting restaurants is clear, concise and easy to understand. If you are wondering about NMRA positions on issues it’s all here and we throw in some restaurant humor to make it all palatable.
It’s important that you know who represents you, in your voting/home district and at your restaurant. Get to know these folks ask them to coffee or lunch and talk to them about issues that are important to you. Call Carol at the NMRA office 505-343-9848 if you would like a refresher on the issues important to our members.
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Legal and Legislative Alerts
Ten Thousand Waves Requiring Vaccine Proof
You may have seen the news lately that New Mexico Restaurant Association Member Ten Thousand Waves recently enacted vaccination requirements for lodging, indoor dining, and spa guests. You may have also wondered how that worked out for them. In what many considered a...
2021 Liquor Law Changes
Liquor License Tax Deductions clarified by the Taxation and Revenue Department What it is and who is eligible: Apparently there has been some confusion as to whether it is a deduction or a credit. It is a deduction. That means it lessens the taxpayer’s tax liability...
Restaurants Can’t Catch a Break ( Trouble w/ the Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Restaurants were blessed to have money carved out just for the losses suffered by the industry in the American Rescue Plan. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund set aside $27 billion for an industry that lost $270 Billion. It was not enough, but it was something. I...
Restaurant Employee Shortage
Restaurants can’t find workers—why and what you might do about it. In New Mexico, seventy-nine thousand five hundred seventy-eight (75,578) people are still unemployed, yet we can’t get anyone to work. What the heck? There are many reasons for this phenomenon. The...
Sobering Statistics September 2020
Here are some Sobering Statistics from September 2020. So much has changed for all of us in the last six months. It is time to take a look at the raw numbers of our industry and how we are all being affected. To be sure, restaurants are taking the virus seriously. We...
Inspiration During COVID-19
By: Brian Canlis, Canlis Restaurant - Seattle, Wa. Like many of you, my family, my colleagues, and I have been in a state of shock. Our restaurant, Canlis, is in Seattle which, as you probably know, was the first U.S. city to be hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19), with...