National Restaurant Association Launches ‘Restaurant Revival’ Campaign to Entice Diners

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As part of an effort to get people back to restaurants, the 101-year-old US-based National Restaurant Association, which comprises one million restaurant and foodservice outlets, has launched a multimedia ‘Restaurant Revival’ campaign.

“Grills firing up; silverware against a plate; and the familiar clink as glasses connect over the laughter of friends together again, these are the rhythms and rituals of dining out that the National Restaurant Association is highlighting,” said the organization in a release.

The campaign includes a 30-second TV ad running in the United States called “The Sounds We Crave” that taps into the sights and sounds associated with dining out and asks diners, “Doesn’t dining out sound good?”

“This campaign is about reigniting the memories we cherish about dining out,” said Tom Bené, President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association. “While diners have been able to enjoy some restaurant meals through take-out and delivery, we all have missed hearing the words, ‘Your table is ready,’ and the unique experiences that dining out provides.

“We know safety is top of mind for returning diners — it’s top of mind for us as well — so, the ad pairs the familiar sights and sounds with new visual safety cues, including servers wearing masks and the ServSafe Dining Commitment door decal.”

As part of this campaign, the National Restaurant Association and ServSafe launched the ServSafe Dining Commitment, an initiative showcasing restaurants that have demonstrated their ongoing commitment to the health and safety of their employees and guests.

“Through participation in the program, a restaurant is assuring returning customers that the operation is following recommended reopening guidance and is ready for business,” said the organization.

On the website, consumers can see what restaurants are doing to keep them safe and use a locator tool to find participating restaurants.

This is the first national consumer ad campaign from the Association. It worked with The Richards Group to create the unique look and feel for the storytelling and partnered with Coca-Cola, DoorDash, Stella Artois, Ecolab, Beam Suntory, Cargill, Tyson, Hormel Foods, International Foodservice Distributors Association, and GP Pro to launch the campaign nationwide.

“Support for this campaign spans the entire industry,” said Tia Mattson, Executive Vice President of Marketing Communications. “From well-known, trusted brands to the suppliers and distributors restaurants rely on, every part of the foodservice community is coming together to help restaurants recover. As the nation’s second-largest, private-sector employer, a strong restaurant revival can help fuel our nation’s economic recovery.”

“All the things that made going to a restaurant special for diners — the service, the variety, the community —it’s all still there waiting for you,” added Mattson. “Across the industry, from the small independent restaurants to the most recognizable national brands, our tables are ready to welcome diners back.”

Click here to watch the full ‘Sounds We Crave’ ad.

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