These are the rising stars of the eatertainment space

At the Restaurant Leadership Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, leaders of Puttshack, Pinstripes, Alamo Drafthouse and the new Joy Trade platform shared their plans for growth.


How the Restaurant Leadership Conference came to be

Restaurant Rewind: The conference has grown from a few hundred attendees to several thousands, without losing the uniqueness of those early days. Here's what's in its DNA.

The sub shop CEO, in accepting the 2024 Restaurant Leader of the Year award, said he just hasn’t received the right offer yet for the fast-growing chain.

The newly public fast-casual chain Cava has carved out a sweet spot with a fresh and healthful Mediterranean menu with broad appeal. The brand was honored at the Restaurant Leadership Conference in Phoenix on Sunday.

His hands-on, down-to-earth style, forged when he bought the chain at just 17, has persisted through five decades. It’s a success formula that has earned him the selection as this year’s Restaurant Leader of the Year.

The CEO was chosen by the editorial staff of Restaurant Business in recognition of the success and give-back culture the Jersey native has made constants for the high-flying chain.

In the transcript of this week's Restaurant Rewind podcast, read about one of the most colorful characters ever to influence the business.

Restaurant Rewind: During his 64 years, he drew a spotlight time and again, though not always for positive reasons.

Executive Summary: The president of LongHorn Steakhouse has a new job at its parent company, Marco's Pizza promotes John Meyers to chief operating officer, Biscuitville shakes up its leadership and more executive news of the week.

The longtime Bloomin’ official was most recently the company’s head of global business development. He replaces Chris Meyer, who is retiring.

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