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Restaurateurs receive industry awards
Today's Restaurant Texas Edition
Sunday, 25 July 2010 23:41

Ed Murph of Norma's Cafe Named to TRA Hall of Honor - Mark Davis Bailey Named 2010 Outstanding Restaurateur

EdMurph_1Austin, TX - Ed Murph, owner of Norma's Café, has received the Texas Restaurant Association's highest award in recognition for his outstanding contributions to the restaurant industry and to the association. He was inducted into the TRA Hall of Honor at a ceremony held during the 2010 President's Gala, June 28 in Houston.

"Ed Murph has been active in the TRA and local Dallas chapter for many years," said Richie Jackson, TRA executive vice president/CEO. "His success in the restaurant industry is testament to his dedication and leadership. Ed is passionate about giving back to his community and is a great example for fellow restaurateurs. We are very pleased to induct him into the Hall of Honor."

Ed Murph purchased Norma's Café, a landmark Dallas restaurant in the Oak Cliff neighborhood, in 1986. The restaurant continues to be a cornerstone of the community known for down home comfort food and amazing pies. Ed is dedicated to giving back to his community and supports local schools, non-profits and causes. Each year his Thanksgiving dinner feeds thousands of people that are homeless or just down on their luck. Ed serves them a hot meal with a friendly smile and creates a special day for everyone.

He has served as president of the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association, a TRA chapter, and on the TRA board of directors. Additionally he received the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Neighbor Award in recognition of his outstanding community contributions.

MarkBaileyDallas_1The Greater Dallas Restaurant Association, a chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association, also recently named Mark Davis Bailey of The Original Pancake House as its 2010 Outstanding Restaurateur.

Mark purchased his The Original Pancake House franchises in 2001 after a long and varied career. He worked steadily through every position in the company (dishwasher, busboy, prep cook, assistant manager, general manager, etc.) to learn the business. He now serves as president and CEO for all seven entities within the organization representing locations in Dallas/Fort Worth. Mark is active on the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association board of directors and works with the Education Committee to introduce culinary arts students to the real world of working in restaurants.

To qualify for the Outstanding Restaurateur award, nominees must be a member of the Texas Restaurant Association and active within their local chapter. They must make substantial contributions to their community through civic, fraternal, social, or religious activities. Each nominee is evaluated on the amount of time and energy spent working with and for the benefit for their local chapter, the state association and its members. Nominees must promote proper business ethics and display leadership skills, which allow them to attain the proper recognition in the foodservice industry to help build a positive overall industry image. Finally, a nominee must possess an operation that is successful in the eyes of fellow operators, chapter associate members, employees and the community.

The 2010 Outstanding Restaurateurs was awarded at the 2010 President's Gala during the Southwest Foodservice Expo, June 28 in Houston.

As a local chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association, the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association - gdra.org - strives to promote growth of the restaurant industry by providing educational programs, public awareness campaigns, and grass-roots government affairs initiatives. Our association is just over 800 members strong, making it one of the larger trade associations in Dallas.

“We are committed to the long-term health of the industry, and are supported by restaurateurs and suppliers of the restaurant industry. Our focus is to not only provide political support for restaurants, but to raise funds for those who will be the future of our industry, support community events and hospitality industry-related organizations, and market our members.”

The Texas Restaurant Association - restaurantville.com - was formed in 1937 to serve as the advocate in Texas and the indispensable resource for the foodservice industry. Today, as a leading business association, TRA represents the state's $35 billion restaurant industry, which is comprised of 45,000 plus locations and a workforce of over one million employees. Along with the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, the Association represents, educates and promotes the growing industry.