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National Restaurant Association Marks Hispanic Heritage Month

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Last updated on June 13th, 2024 at 05:14 pm

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) is recognizing the significant contributions Hispanic people make to the restaurant industry, the economy and individual communities.

During Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), NRA is recognizing Hispanic leaders through a series of videos, profiles and social media and digital content, all housed on the newly launched AmericaWorksHere.org/CelebrateHHM site.

Some statistics released by the NRA include:

• One-quarter of the restaurant industry workforce is Hispanic, serving in various roles from owners to those getting their start in entry-level positions;

• Hispanic ownership has far outpaced the overall industry. The restaurant industry provides more opportunity for ownership than virtually any other industry. Between 1997 and 2007 (the most recent Census Bureau data on record), the number of Hispanic-owned restaurant businesses increased 80 percent, as compared to 36 percent for all restaurant businesses; and

• Restaurants employ more Hispanic managers than any other industry. Hispanics are twice as likely to hold a management position in the restaurant industry as they are in the overall economy. One-fifth of restaurant managers and supervisors are Hispanic; in the back of house, nearly one in four chefs is Hispanic.

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