The New Albany Restaurant & Bar Association’s first organizational meeting is Thursday, March 19.


Because: Never again “Come to City.”

On-premise restaurant and bar owners and operators, try to make it to the first meeting of the New Albany Restaurant & Bar Association on Thursday. A core group has been working toward getting this idea up and running, and we’ve made enough progress on legalities to begin convening the wider food service and drinks community to discuss the way forward.

The working definition for membership is as follows (from the by laws):

Article III
§1 NARBA membership shall be limited to businesses operating within the city limits of New Albany, Indiana, as defined by these bylaws.

§2 A business is eligible for NARBA membership if all of the following conditions are met: (a) The business is licensed and in possession of all permits required by local, state and Federal government; (b) The business meets the standard of definition of “independent” as defined by the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA): (I) Private, worker, community or cooperative ownership. (II) At least 50% locally-owned. (III) Decision-making authority is vested in the local owners and not subject to conditions dictated remotely. (IV) The business has a limited number of outlets, which are limited to a 150 mile radius.

§3 The Board of Directors may authorize formation of ancillary groups of individuals or businesses that support NARBA’s ideals. Participants in such programs may enjoy benefits as the Board deems appropriate, but shall not vote.

§4 A qualified business may seek membership at any time.

The press release has more. The meeting:

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Bank Street Brewhouse
415 Bank Street
New Albany, IN 47150

Spread the word to fellow owners and operators, and contact Ian (below) or me for further information.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Ian Hall
Tel.: 502.338.2960

New Albany, IN (March 13, 2015) New Albany Restaurant & Bar Association first organizational meeting.

The idea for the New Albany Restaurant & Bar Association (NARBA) has been discussed for a few years by locally owned restaurateurs in downtown New Albany. The food and beverage business has been a vital part of the growth of downtown New Albany’s revitalization, and the need for this organization and for a common voice among its members has become more important.

In 2014, local businesses participating in beverage catering for the Boomtown Ball concert agreed to devote a portion of the proceeds to fund the non-profit’s startup, thus The New Albany Restaurant & Bar Association was formed as a corporation with the State of Indiana in early 2015. We now are pursuing federal government approval as a 501(c)6, business/professional league.

The New Albany Restaurant & Bar Association (NARBA) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit trade organization serving the independent restaurant, bar and on-premise food and drink industry in New Albany, Indiana. NARBA serves as the unified voice of its members on government and public relations issues. It also provides programs that offer educational and operational benefits for members. NARBA represents New Albany’s best known and most vibrant local independent business segment, and is dedicated to the advancement and preservation of New Albany as an urban community.

NARBA will also organize and hosts annual fundraising events in order to give back to the community that has so generously supported its members.

Ultimately, the goal of the association is to educate, brand and organize its members to best inform residents and visitors about the local food and dining scene in New Albany.

There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Bank Street Brewhouse. Interested businesses are invited to attend a brief meeting to learn more about the association and how the membership is awarded.

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Bank Street Brewhouse
415 Bank Street
New Albany, IN 47150

For more information on the NARBA please contact Ian Hall via email