RS Spring  |  April 14-16  |  Los Angeles, CA

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11am-5:30 pm

Registration & Orientation

1:15-5 pm

Hike to the Hollywood Sign

Begin your adventure with a guided hike to the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory. This experience offers a unique chance to connect with industry peers while exploring LA’s iconic landmarks.

2-5 pm

LA Arts District Food Tour

Embark on a culinary journey through Downtown LA, accompanied by industry colleagues. This guided tour features six outstanding stops, each chosen for their contribution to the vibrant and diverse DTLA food scene.

6:15-7 pm

Welcome Reception

7-8 pm

Networking Dinner

8-9:15 pm


An Evening of Music and Magic With the Great Berdini and the Italian Scoundrels.

Riccardo Berdini

Mentalist, Hypnotist & Magician




7:15-8 am


8-8:25 am

Dave’s Fast Chicken: How to Build and Grow A Cool Brand… Really Fast

Jim Bitticks

President & CEO – Dave’s Hot Chicken
8:25-8:50 am

Leveraging AI to Drive Operational Harmony

Joanne Heyob

SVP, Operations Strategy & Design – WD Partners

8:55-10:15 am

Sourcing Meetings

10:20 am – 10:55 am

An Inside Look at CosMc’s

Josh Wesolowski

Director, Digital Product and CX at CosMc’s – McDonald’s

Sean Schrader

Director, Development at CosMc’s – McDonald’s

10:55-11:20 am

Small is Big. How Smalls Sliders Defines Their Niche… One Can at a Time

Maria Rivera

CEO – Smalls Sliders
11:25 am – 12:25 pm

Sourcing Meetings

12:30-1:05 pm

All of the Cool New Formats Taco Bell is Piloting

Chuck Gladney

Head of Global Design & Architecture – Taco Bell

1:05 -2:05 pm

Networking Lunch

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2:05-3:05 pm

Deep Dives

Increasing Buildout Speed, Decreasing Costs

Prioritizing Sustainability in Restaurant Design

Intelligent Implementation of AI

Getting Remodels + Refreshes Right

(for restaurant execs only)

3:10-4:10 pm

Sourcing Meetings

4:10-4:25 pm

Happy Hour Break

4:25-5:10 pm

A Conversation with Travis Kalanick

Travis Kalanick

CEO – City Storage Systems
5:10-6:10 pm

Free Time

6:45-10 pm

RestaurantSpaces Rendezvous

Get ready for a night of delicious food, drinks, live music, motorcycles, tattoos, haircuts, magic and more at the Bike Shed Moto Co in LA’s Arts District.

Learn more here.




7:45-8:30 am


8:30-9:10 am

Building Winning Brands

John Peyton

CEO – Dine Brands
9:10-9:45 am

Creating and Executing Experiences Never Imagined

Jack Gibbons

Founder & CEO – FB Society

Jason Schwab

Senior Producer – RestaurantSpaces

9:50-10:30 am

Sourcing Meetings


Crafting Big Experiences in Small Settings

Chris Demery

CTO – Blaze Pizza

Kevin Moran

CDO – Blaze Pizza
10:55-11:15 am

Creating Immersive Experiences: Fogo de Chão’s Brand Transformation and the Art of Timeless Design

Joe Abbruzese

CDO – Fogo de Chão

Keith Anderson

CEO – Harrison

11:15-11:35 am

Striking the Balance Between Digitization and Hospitality

Jeff Galletly

CEO – Brooklyn Dumpling Shop

11:40-12:40 pm

Deep Dives

Tackling Site Selection Challenges

Balancing Cost + Creativity in Restaurant Design

Enhancing the Drive-Thru Experience

Designing for Efficiency in BOH

(Open to restaurant execs + vendors)

12:40-1:40 pm

Bon Voyage Lunch

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Qualified execs attend at no cost. The invitation includes accommodations for two nights, full meals and access to all networking excursions.



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