Restaurant Leadership Conference News

When it comes to landing business from the 38.1 million families in the United States, kids may be a restaurant's best allies, according to an education session presented at the Restaurant Leadership Conference. Co-moderators Ian Davidson of C3 Brand Marketing and Kevin Higar of Technomic used the breakout session to provide practical advice on capturing some of the $1.12 trillion kid-influenced spending that goes on in the U.S.

If you took a United or Delta flight to the 2012 Restaurant Leadership Conference in March in Scottsdale, Arizona, you had the option to forego a printed boarding pass, using a QR code sent to your smartphone instead. In a world where 80 percent of the population owns a mobile device (and only 47 percent own a toothbrush), cellphones and tablets are replacing pagers, wallets, credit cards and even keys. Here’s a round-up of mobile solutions from the floor of RLC to keep an eye on.

As WaWa expands south into Florida, it has redesigned its prototype, upgraded its menu and ramped up service.

A Murderer’s Row of industry dealmakers took the stage at the Restaurant Leadership Conference to air their widely different approaches to finding and profiting from restaurant acquisitions.

He took the stage like a victorious general and made it clear from the get-go that this would be no ordinary presentation. “I don’t do speeches anymore,” former McDonald’s USA CEO Ed Rensi barked to a packed ballroom at the Restaurant Leadership Conference. “I rant.”

Attendees learned that there are three steps to building and promoting a local presence for your brand on Facebook:.

The industry—in line with the economy—is experiencing a very uninspiring recovery. But a recovery nonetheless.