Orlando, FL

Now more than ever, restaurant leaders must be willing to challenge their assumptions.

Embrace the future at RestaurantSpaces

Who you’ll hear from

The things we’re going to do…

Explore New Ideas

Our program is carefully curated, covering topics top-of-mind to those designing and building restaurants. Based on the conversations we’re having with our community, we’ll bring you the relevant, cutting-edge content you need to tackle your biggest challenges.

Find Your Inner Wizard

Enjoy an enchanted night of networking magic at our private party at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Check out Diagon Alley, escape from Gringotts, and take a well-deserved break from content.

Dine-Around @ Disney Springs

Catch up with industry friends (and make new ones) at an afternoon Dine-Around at Disney Springs. The eclectic outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment complex at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Go for Hikes

Kickstart each day with an organized group run, walk or roll. Open to all paces and experience levels.

Evaluate New Partners

We bring the industry’s top vendors together at RestaurantSpaces. Meet one-on-one with companies you’re interested in to evaluate how their solutions can fit your unique needs.

MasterMind Roundtables

True learning comes from the collision of ideas and experience. These candid “closed-door” breakout discussions allow you to come together with industry peers to tackle shared challenges.

BBQ + Pitch & Putt Tournament

Enjoy a poolside BBQ followed by a friendly Pitch & Putt tournament on the Omni Championsgate’s par 3 Champions 9 course.

Reconnect with Industry Friends!

Our events are 100% designed with genuine connections in mind. We exist to create the space you need to get together, learn from one another, and abandon your assumptions.

Topics we’ll dive into

Experimenting with New Formats

Accelerating Digital Integration, Harmoniously

The Tech & AI Enhancing Restaurant Operations

Tackling Construction Costs + Supply Chain Disruption

The Evolution of Drive-Thrus + Off-Premise

Reimagining How Labor is Utilized

Elevating the In-Restaurant Experience

Exploring the Impact of Virtual Restaurants

Prioritizing Sustainability in Restaurant Design

…and more TBA!


What you guys do is simply amazing. Bringing these people together and letting them share ideas and learn from one another… that’s how we’re all gonna win.

 CEO – Taco Bell   


Our Last Event

Check Out Photos from RestaurantSpaces 2021!

Where you’ll be

Omni ChampionsGate Resort   |  Orlando, FL
Surrounded by 36 holes of championship golf and 15 acres of recreation, the Four Diamond Omni ChampionsGate Resort is one of the nation’s premier meeting and leisure destinations. The resort offers a signature full-service spa, world-class golf, sparkling pools, and a lazy river.

The Agenda


Feb 27, 2022

12:00pm – 5:30pm

Registration & Orientation

1:30pm – 5:00pm

Pitch & Putt Tournament + BBQ

Join us for a poolside BBQ before hopping next door to the resort’s Par 3 course for 9-holes that need (almost) everything but a driver. For pros and duffers alike, Par 3’s are arguably the hottest trend in golf architecture (think: Augusta, Pinehurst, Cabot Links), and the perfect offering for fun, friends and inclusiveness. Just bring yourself, clubs will be provided for teams to share in this approachable and entertaining experience.

1:30pm – 5:00pm

Dine Around at Disney Springs

Spend Sunday afternoon meandering through the eclectic mix of unique shops, restaurants, and attractions at Disney Springs. We’ll stop into 3 different venues each with its own distinct personality. Feast on New Orleans’s inspired cuisine at the legendary House of Blues, sip libations at The Edision, a 1920’s industrial gothic-themed hotspot, and indulge in locally sourced comfort food from celebrity chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ restaurant.

6:15pm – 7:00pm

Welcome Reception

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Networking Dinner

8:00pm – 9:30pm

Comedy Night

Details TBA soon!


Feb 28, 2022

6:30am -7:15am

Group Run/Walk

7:15am – 8:00am


8:00am – 9:10am

State of Restaurant Development 

Andrew Bello

VP, Design & Architecture – Inspire Brands

Jim McPhail

Chief Development Officer – sweetgreen

Tiffany Vassos

VP, Design & Construction – Dave’s Hot Chicken
9:15am – 10:15am

Sourcing Meetings

10:20am – 10:50am

Twenty-Five Global Insights on the Future of Restaurants

Benjamin Calleja

10:50am – 11:15am

Inside Panera Bread’s Next Generation Prototype

Jamie Cornelius

Executive Creative Director – ChangeUp

Harry Raft

VP, Design and Concepts – Panera Bread
11:20am – 12:20pm

Sourcing Meetings

12:25pm – 1:10pm

CEO Fireside Chat

Details TBA soon

1:10pm – 2:10pm

Networking Lunch

2:10pm – 2:55pm

Pushing the Limits of Experience

Vince Kadlubek

Founder & Director – Meow Wolf
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Sourcing Meetings

4:25pm – 5:30pm

Peer Roundtables

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Free Time

6:30pm – 7:30pm

Cocktail Reception

7:15pm – 10:30pm

An Evening at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

First- feast it up in San Francisco on hearty fodder (and open bar), and strap in for the chase on Fast & Furious- Supercharged. Then off to Diagon Alley for a multi-dimensional multi-sensory thrill experience on Harry Potter and the Escape from the Gringotts. Take a break and check out Florean Fortescue’s for ice cream, drop by Ollivanders to wand it up, or visit the Gringotts Money Exchange to hang with the Goblin… and don’t worry-Butterbeer, Wizard’s Brew and Dragon’s Tale are on hand at The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot to keep your thirst at bay.


March 1, 2022

7:45am – 8:30am


8:30am – 8:55am

How Dutch Bros is Powering Growth

Aaron Harris

VP, Real Estate & Construction – Dutch Bros Coffee
8:55am – 9:15am

Executing Papa Johns’ Remodel Program

Jennifer Pecoraro-Striepling

VP, Design, Construction & Facilities – Papa Johns

9:20am – 10:00am

Sourcing Meetings

10:05am – 10:35am

The Future of Virtual Brands and Ghost Kitchens

Nima Fazeli

EVP, Real Estate & Development – C3 & sbe
10:35am – 11:05am

In-Conversation with Popeye’s President

Details TBA soon

11:05am – 12:05pm

Peer Roundtables (Bloody Mary + Mimosa Edition)

Topics TBA Soon

12:15pm – 1:15pm

Closing Lunch

What we’re doing differently:


Limited to 250 attendees.


A lot of outdoor programming.


Proof of COVID-​19 vaccination or negative test results.


More time to unwind + recharge!

Official Hygiene Partner:

Wanna join us?


(Restaurant Chain Exec)

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



Partnering with RestaurantSpaces is a great way to get your company in front of the best of restaurant development, design, and technology leaders.


When and where does the event take place?
The Omni Championsgate Resort in Orlando, Florida from February 27 – March 1, 2022.
What health and safety measures will be taken this year?
All attendees are required to submit proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours. Full details on our CARE (Covid Action and Readiness Enforcement Plan) can be found here.
Who attends the event?
RestaurantSpaces is by invitation-only and open to restaurant chain development, design + technology leaders and industry vendors.
I’m a restaurant executive and would like to attend. How do I register and what's included?
Registration is complimentary for qualified executives and includes 2 nights’ accommodation (Sunday and Monday), full meals (Sunday dinner – Tuesday lunch) and access to the entire program. Click here to request an invite.
I’m an industry vendor and would like to attend. How can I get involved?
Industry vendors can participate in RestaurantSpace by becoming a Partner. Click here to submit a request and a member of our team will reach out shortly to discuss available options. 
What is your refund policy?
Restaurant Executives with a complimentary registration are required to provide 4 weeks’ notice for cancellation or send a suitable replacement in their spot. If the attendee is unable to provide either, a $495 cancellation fee will be applied to cover costs already committed to on their behalf. Full details on our cancellation policy can be found here.
Who will be speaking?
Our speaker line-up includes a wide range of industry experts who we’ll hear from in various settings such as panels, fireside chats and small group discussions. For the developing list, click here.
What airport do I fly into and what is the best method of transportation to the hotel?
Championsgate Resort is located 26 miles from Orlando International Airport (MCO). Uber and Lyft are available in the area for approximately $40 each way.
My spouse/ partner is planning to travel with me. Can they attend the events?
Due to capacity limits, all events with the exception of Monday’s dinner party are limited to registered attendees only.
What is the dress code?
The entire event is casual (no suit or jacket required). We recommend bringing a sweater or light jacket for evening outdoor events and sessions that take place inside air-conditioned ballrooms.

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