Restaurant Innovation Summit Brings Leaders to Dallas

The 2018 Restaurant Innovation Summit hits Dallas this week, bringing hospitality and food & beverage industry leaders together. With mind-expanding, profit-building insights changing the future of the restaurant industry, the event will offer a chance to network with, learn from, and be inspired by other forward-thinking professionals. The event will take place at the Empire Room in Dallas on Nov. 7 and 8.

Today’s consumers are busier than ever, and where dining out used to be a luxury, it has become the norm for today’s professionals and their families. As a result, restaurant operators, from big chains to Mom & Pop outfits, must be constantly looking to the next generation of business principles, customer service, data management, and technology if they hope to stay relevant.

Last year’s summit was held in Austin, Texas.

“My vision for this year’s Restaurant Innovation Summit was to take our attendees on a journey from the innovations of today through those of tomorrow,” said Laura Chadwick, program director and producer of the Restaurant Innovation Summit.

Wednesday morning, attendees will hit the ground running, literally. With an early morning run/jog/walk along Dallas’s Katy Trail, participants will have the chance to get pumped up for the events of day one, which include valuable presentations on topics including gaming in the industry, digital payment, kiosk design, and more. Wednesday evening’s offerings include a field trip to the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

“On day one, we are focusing on actionable information that restaurants can put to use immediately,” Chadwick stated. “Kiosks are a major area of interest right now in the restaurant industry. At our RIS panel, attendees will hear key insights about designing kiosks around customer experience.  We have put together the most comprehensive panel of experts on this topic yet.”

Thursday morning will also begin with some healthy body movement via sunrise yoga class on the roof of the trendy W Hotel. According to Chadwick, Thursday’s programming “will look to the future. From automation, AI, blockchain, 5G and virtual reality, we have gathered experts from inside and outside the restaurant industry to paint a picture of what’s to come.”

Restaurant owners and operators are motivated by various factors when attending the Restaurant Innovation Summit. Scott Anthony, owner of Punxsy Pizza in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, described what he hopes to gain from participating in RIS 2018:

“Attending the summit is a great opportunity for an independent operator to get on the same platform as industry leaders. Networking with peers forms lifelong relationships with others who are addressing the same issues I do, and together we form a mastermind group. These events keep me relevant with the industry and thus my customers. Being a restaurant operator is a tough job—keeping me from becoming complacent is priceless.”

Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!



Listen Carefully, Respond Creatively
April 12, 2024

In this captivating episode of the Fans First series, Jesse Cole, the mastermind behind the Savannah Bananas, delves into the transformative business philosophy of “listen carefully, respond creatively.” This approach has not only skyrocketed the Savannah Bananas to fame but also serves as a universal blueprint for revolutionizing customer service and engagement across all sectors. […]

Read More
Stacey Childress, Senior Advisor at McKinsey and Company, discusses higher ed
Bold Measures are Needed to Improve Investment in Higher Education
April 12, 2024

The stakes for higher education have never been higher as the educational landscape sees rapid evolution. As universities and colleges grapple with the dual challenges of technological disruption and increasing demands for accessible, quality education, the question of how best to implement investment in higher education becomes a priority. This debate has been ignited […]

Read More
wake up healthy
Hey, it’s 9 am… Wake up Healthy with 9amHealth!
April 12, 2024

Healthcare Rethink host Brian Urban explores ways to wake up healthy and stay healthy with his guest, Dr. Avantika Waring, MD, the Chief Medical Officer, at 9amHealth. This episode delves into the transformative approach to healthcare delivery championed by 9amHealth. Dr. Waring’s journey from a humanities student with a love for French to a […]

Read More
public safety and security
Strengthen Public Safety and Security: Modernize Radio Communication for Better Field Response
April 11, 2024

The importance of radio communication within public safety and security operations remains unbeaten in an era dominated by digital transformation. This medium, essential for over a century, continues to be the lifeline for responders on the front lines. From ensuring the safety of field agents to facilitating real-time critical information flow and enhancing situational […]

Read More