McKinney Restaurant Council plays big role in bringing business to McKinney

McKINNEY, TX – Since the beginning of the pandemic, it’s become obvious that one of the hardest hit industries has been the service industry. And their struggles continue – much of which have to do with finding adequate help due to a labor shortage.

For over a year now, the McKinney Chamber of Commerce has been on the frontlines helping businesses get connected with resources that can help. One of the ways the Chamber has helped is by creating the McKinney Restaurant Council (MRC).

Today, the Chamber is announcing a collaboration with the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association to make the MRC even more effective in helping area restaurants.

“In this ever-changing environment, businesses need help and support to thrive,” says Keith Lewis, the President and Founder of TUPPS Brewery in McKinney, and a member of the steering committee of the MRC. “This partnership will provide valuable resources to all McKinney Restaurant Council members and will allow us to not only overcome obstacles, but also experience tremendous success.”

“Working closely together with local chambers of commerce to support Texas’ restaurateurs is important, especially in a geographic area as vast as the DFW Metroplex,” said Joe Monastero, the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer of the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA). “We are excited for this collaboration between the Greater Dallas Chapter of the TRA, the McKinney Chamber, and the many unique restaurants in the area. Restaurant and foodservice operators need all of our support as we continue the work of recovery from the pandemic; they are, after all, the hearts of our communities.”

Since its inception, the MRC has supported the food and beverage industry in McKinney and helped in the adoption of the McKinney Restaurant Promise – a variation of the Texas Restaurant Promise – that reiterated a commitment to safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the MRC helped restaurants and the City of McKinney work collaboratively to make outdoor parklets a reality in the downtown area. Most recently, the Chamber’s MRC helped facilitate a statewide collaboration between Hugs Café and the TRA.

“Our close relationship with the TRA has made it possible for Hugs to obtain the ProStart Curriculum from the National Restaurant Association, which will be modified to teach adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Ruth Thompson, the founder and President of Hugs Café. “With the unemployment rate for the disabled community at about 83% nationwide, this program will positively change the lives of many.”

The mission of the MRC is to unify the foodservice sector in McKinney to leverage resources and share operational and strategic best practices.

The next MRC meeting is on September 20 at Urban Grill McKinney.

Interested in learning more? Contact Kathy Blank at the McKinney Chamber at or Corey Mobley with the Texas Restaurant Association at