About OKRA


A group of like-minded restaurant and bar owners in Houston recognized a need for a public voice for independent businesses in the industry. In 2011, they founded OKRA, the Organized Kollaboration on Restaurant Affairs, to pursue community and charitable initiatives in the city.

OKRA is a charitable organization with very specific views on how the industry should operate and engage local communities. It is not a general membership association for restaurants, bars and other branches of the hospitality industry. Instead, it functions as an independent, community-supported advocacy group.


To plant five seeds that cultivate the relationship between vibrant food cultures and local communities:

  • Foster a general appreciation of food culture through education, innovation, and diversity.
  • Demonstrate the responsibilities local businesses have to their communities to pursue philanthropic efforts
  • Promote progressive industry standards in the areas of hospitality, product selection, and labor.
  • Establish a political identity that represents the interests of independent businesses in the industry, including restaurants, bars, food trucks, producers, and purveyors.
  • Advocate responsible urban development.