NORWALK, Conn. -- The Connecticut Restaurant Association has honored state Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk/Darien) with the "Friend of the Industry" Award.
The CRA recognizes a vendor, a restaurateur and a "friend of the industry" each year. Members of the CRA are also inducted into the Hospitality Hall of Fame.
“Each year we honor an elected official who has been supportive of issues which impact Connecticut’s hospitality industry," Nicole Griffin, executive director of the Connecticut Restaurant Association, said in a statement. "Sen. Duff has stood out as a vocal advocate on a variety of topics and we were delighted to present him with our 2013 Friend of the Industry Award,”
While accepting the award, Duff discussed how vital the restaurant industry is to Connecticut's economic engine.
“The restaurant industry plays a critical role in our state’s economy by employing over 144,000 people at thousands of small businesses. Yet it is also an industry particularly susceptible to dips in the economy, which has meant some hard times in recent years," Duff said in a statement.
"That makes it more important than ever that the state put policies in place that make sense, and protect workers while helping businesses to thrive. I am proud of the good working relationship I have had with the Connecticut Restaurant Association over the years, and I am honored to be the recipient of this award.”