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Entry from June 23, 2008
“Eating Out Is Fun!” (Texas Restaurant Association)

"Eating Out Is Fun!” is a slogan that the National Restaurant Association first used in 1947. The Texas Restaurant Association used “Eating Out Is Fun!” in 1956 and regularly for many years after that, so the slogan is most remembered from Texas restaurants.


18 June 1956, Dallas (TX) Morning News, part 3, pg. 3:
That theme was visibly evident when a delegation of Teas Restaurant Association men and their wives turned out Sunday at Union Terminal to meet Sabatos’ train.

Their white chef hats were decorated with bands which read:

“Eating Out Is Fun! Step out, dine where you see this emblem” (of the Texas Restaurant Association).

7 October 1956, Dallas (TX) Morning News, part 7, pg. 6:
Local Restaurants Boost
Slogan: Eating Out Is Fun

National Restaurant Month gets under way this week in Dallas coinciding with the opening of the 71st and largest State Fair in Texas’ history.

The annual open house party of Dallas’ food service industry promises to be a record-breaking affair just as the gigantic $35,000,000 exposition at Fair Park—second largest in the world—promises to be the best ever in Texas.
(...)
Mayor R. L. Thornton officially proclaimed October as Restaurant Month in Dallas.

The slogan for the observance is: “Eating Out is Fun!”

27 November 1998, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, pg. 32:
For your family and friends who subscribe to the Texas Restaurant Association’s old slogan, “Eating out is fun,” there are several delightful ways to win your way to their hearts through their bellies.

Salon
The motto
of the Texas Restaurant Association for decades has been “Eating Out Is Fun.” I tell ya’ we do everything first hear in Texas.
-- Robert Franklin
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 10:56 AM

The Register (UK)
Current t-shirt collection
By Dillon Pyron
Posted Monday 13th August 2007 15:29 GMT
(...)
“Eating out is fun” This was the advertising slogan of the Texas Restaurant Association in the 60s and 70s, only this one has a pair of shins splayed out.

Phoenix - yelp
05/12/2008
Korina “Delilah” A. says:
You notice I chose to say “dine out.”

IIRC, years ago, there was a slogan from the Dallas Restaurants Association or somesuch that was “Eating Out is Fun.”

A friend of mine used that as her sigline for ages.

(Trademark)
Word Mark EATING OUT IS
Goods and Services (EXPIRED) IC 042. US 200. G & S: INDICATING MEMBERSHIP IN APPLICANT. FIRST USE: 19510203. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19530101
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 72309408
Filing Date October 10, 1968
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Supplemental Register Date May 18, 1971
Registration Number 0921368
Registration Date September 28, 1971
Owner (REGISTRANT) TEXAS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION CORPORATION TEXAS P. O. BOX 1429 AUSTIN TEXAS 78767
Type of Mark COLLECTIVE MEMBERSHIP MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 8 (6-YR).
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Monday, June 23, 2008 • Permalink