Mission Statement

The mission of the Detroit Restaurant & Lodging Association is to lead the foodservice and hospitality industry in Detroit through advocacy, education and innovation.


The Detroit Restaurant Association (DRA) was formed in 2017 as a local chapter of the Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA) tasked with representing the local interests of the nearly 1,000 restaurants operating in Michigan’s largest city. In fall of 2018, we joined the state association, and transitioned to the Detroit Restaurant & Lodging Association.

Our industry plays an integral role in Michigan's economy, employing more than 435,000 people and creating $15.9 billion in annual sales statewide, with over 11,000 employees and $686 million in sales from Detroit.

What We Do

The DRLA provides owners and operators with access to member benefit programs, valuable industry connections, political and community representation and support for initiatives that will best impact you and your business. Members of the DRLA can access discounts on ServSafe certifications and exclusive educational and professional development opportunities. As your collective voice, we provide representation where it matters, ultimately positioning your business for success.


The Detroit Restaurant & Lodging Association (DRLA) includes the counties of Oakland, Macomb and Wayne.
Detroit Restaurant & Lodging Industry Statistics (2012 Census Bureau Economic Census)

  • Eating and Drinking Place Establishments: 889
  • Eating and Drinking Place Sales: $686,676,000
  • Eating and Drinking Place Employees: 11,600

Michigan Restaurant & Hospitality Industry Statistics

  • 16,110 eating and drinking locations
  • $15.9 billion estimated sales in restaurants
  • 440,600 foodservice jobs
  • 1,392 hotel properties in Michigan
  • $10 billion estimated in hotel guest spending
  • 155,194 lodging jobs
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