Emerging and regional restaurant chains are increasingly becoming the lifeblood of the restaurant industry. They experience higher-than-average growth rates, are nimble enough to experiment with menu and operations and have unique needs that are different from global and national chains.

Savvy, influential foodservice professionals attend Restaurant Directions, a one-of-a-kind conference that gathers regional and emerging chains in one place. Restaurant Directions delivers a unique perspective on the evolving foodservice market that is focused on its breakout stars. Discover how your peers deal with similar problems and identify, create and drive opportunities.

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Focused on Chains with Fewer than 100 units

400+ Operator Attendees
31+ Fast Casual Restaurants
32+ Quick Service Restaurants
30+ Casual Dining Restaurants
7+ Midscale Restaurants
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Preview the Agenda

7:00 am–5:00 pm

RD Pavilion Sponsor Setup

10:00 am–7:00 pm

Registration & Information Desk

10:00 am–7:00 pm

More CARRE Foundation Desk

Grand prize drawing tickets are available, benefiting the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign, whose goal is to end childhood hunger in America by connecting kids in need with nutritious food; teaching their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and engaging the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority. Choose to CARRE and donate today!

3:00 pm–5:30 pm

Opening General Session

5:30 pm–6:30 pm

Refresh, Relax and Rejuvenate

6:30 pm–9:00 pm

More Welcome Reception & Dinner


Water's Edge (Delta Atrium)

Join us and DIRECTV as we officially kick-off of the inaugural Restaurant Directions! Get a taste of what’s to come over the next few days, mingle with peers, get a jump start on networking all while enjoying some great food, drinks and conversation!

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This is your opportunity to connect with peers and build meaningful business relationships while gathering insights in the process. It is our promise that the trends, solutions and best practices featured at the conference will help take your menu and operations to the next level.

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