Dine Originals indie organization regrouping after tax setbacks

Dine Originals indie organization regrouping after tax setbacks

Dine Originals, an umbrella organization that aims to strengthen independent restaurants’ abilities to compete against better-financed chains, is reorganizing in the wake of a costly tax battle with federal authorities that contributed to the defection of a third of its chapters nationwide.

The group, formerly called the Council of Independent Restaurants of America, or CIRA, has seen a shift to local-chapter autonomy since it complied with an Internal Revenue Service audit that

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