Unique Memorabilia Collection Shared with Restaurant and Foodservice Leaders
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Displays Original Signage, Uniforms, Menus from Iconic Brands during Board Meeting
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) showcased a collection of iconic restaurant memorabilia on Oct. 8, during a welcome reception for National Restaurant Association (NRA) and NRAEF board members. The collection, meant to chronicle and celebrate the growth of the nation’s restaurant and foodservice sector, was donated to the Foundation in April by The Elliot Group.
“We know that the Elliot Collection will serve as an ongoing inspiration for countless restaurateurs and entrepreneurs for decades to come,” said Dawn Sweeney, president and chief executive officer, of the NRA and NRAEF. “We hope to position it as one of the cornerstones of a larger assembly of items that celebrate our industry.”
The collection displayed in the NRA and NRAEF office space during the reception includes donations from over 200 companies and features original items from such popular restaurants as P.F. Chang’s, Outback Steakhouse®, Starbucks, California Pizza Kitchen, The Habit Burger, Red Robin, Mellow Mushroom, Zoe’s Kitchen, Friendly’s, The Sardine Factory and Tony Roma’s. Donated memorabilia included a 1968 Red Lobster menu, an original Ruby Tuesday’s stained glass logo and an original Logan’s Roadhouse Jukebox.
During the reception, Alice Elliot, founder and chief executive officer of The Elliot Group, shared her vision for the originating and curating the collection, asking companies to donate unique iconography and memorabilia that memorialized and highlighted the infancy of their companies.
“Thank you, Alice. On behalf of the NRAEF, I want to recognize your amazing generosity in gifting us with your collection,” said Mike Hickey, NRAEF board chair and executive vice president and president of Global Institutional for Ecolab Inc. “Ultimately, this growing collection can help us bring to life and tell the story of this great industry in all kinds of ways.”