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SCRLA Restaurant Membership Benefits

Dating back to 1950, the South Carolina Restaurant division of the SCRLA offers a wealth of benefits for foodservice operators who join, including free membership in both the National Restaurant Association and local chapters around the state.

Dual National Restaurant Association Membership - Make your membership go farther!

Independent restaurants that join the SCRLA automatically become a member of the National Restaurant Association, joining thousands of restaurants across the country and in South Carolina that rely on the SCRLA and NRA to help them save time and money and stay up to date on the latest news, research and trends in the restaurant industry. Members also count on the Associations to advocate for favorable laws and regulations, to promote the industry, and to provide a network to meet their peers.


Chapter Membership

Foodservice members also receive membership in our local partner associations, which include the Greater Columbia Restaurant Association, the Greater Greenville Chapter, the Hilton Head Island Bluffton Chapter, the L.U.C.C.Y. Chapter (Lancaster, Union, Chester, Chesterfield and York Counties), or the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association.

Our publications consist of up-to-date information on regional and national developments affecting your businesses, and information on relevant issues, bills, new laws and administrative rules.


Governmental Affairs

SCRLA's advocacy mission is simple: We advocate for legislation, regulations, resources, and a business climate that will promote a strong, vibrant, and growing lodging and tourism industry within South Carolina. Our goal, both current and historic, is to promote and ensure the success of lodging industry operators. We accomplish this goal through:

  • Passing needed legislation;
  • Killing detrimental bills that are proposed, advocating on regulatory issues at the federal, state, and local levels; and
  • Topical programming, educational events and written resources on all of the top issues facing restaurant and foodservice operators.

At the national level, SCRLA is a partner with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) to ensure that the South Carolina restaurant industry is represented in Washington D.C.


We have contract lobbyists representing the industry at the State House in Columbia and with various regulatory agencies to stand watch on issues that may impact our industry.  Click here for more information.


Educational Resources

Free or discounted workshops and seminars (ServSafe Food Safety, ServSafe Alcohol, Labor Laws,Yield Management); School-to-Work Program; Training and Video Library. Members also receive the benefits of the National Restaurant Association Educational FoundationClick here for more information about the South Carolina Tourism & Hospitality Educational Foundation.


Professional Development
Restaurant members also receive ongoing training & education by participating in workshops and seminars.  Members pay discounted or no registration for SCRLA and T.H.E. Foundation training. 


In addition to local chapter or partner meetings, the SCRLA holds statewide events where hotel and restaurant operators from all across South Carolina come together with their suppliers for such functions as our statewide golf tournament, Hospitality Day at the State House, Stars of the Industry Awards luncheon and Annual Meeting.


Information and Research

Members can receive free information and research from both the SCRLA and NRA at either a click of your mouse or by calling us toll-free.  Information such as access to legal questions, industry statistics, health & safety or top-selling industry research is available.

FREE NRA Show Registration
Members of the National Restaurant Association receive free registration to the NRA Restaurant, Hotel & Motel Show in Chicago each May.


Stars of the Industry Awards

Each year our association recognizes individuals and companies that make significant contributions to our industry, our state and nation that make the restaurant industry a better place to work.


SCRLA Website (

The Association's website allows easy access to membership benefits and services. Also receive a free link to your own website under our membership listings. Members have access to the members-only section, which amongst other things, contains any entire section on laws and regulations impacting the hospitality industry.


Unity for Strength
The combined voice of our members is far more influential than any single individual at both the legislative and regulatory levels. Together we can achieve what would be impossible on our own.


Join today!


Click here for Membership Application (PDF)


Restaurants located outside of the greater Charletson and Myrtle Beach areas may join the SCRLA directly.  

Horry County please contact the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association to join the SCRLA

Charleston-area operators please contact the Lowcountry Hospitality Association to join the SCRLA


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