Expansion Mode: Ready to breathe new life into your existing concept or maybe open a new one? Then start making your plans to attend Restaurant Hospitality's Concepts of Tomorrow Conference, set for Oct. 26-28 at the Red Rock Casino, Resort, Spa in Las Vegas. The speaker lineup includes Howard Gordon, a driving force in the Cheesecake Factory's relentless expansion; Cameron Mitchell, who cashed in to the tune of $92 million when he sold out to Ruth's Chris; Phil Friedman, who took the franchising route to grow fast-casual standout McAlister's Deli from 30 stores to 260; and Jeffrey Chodorow, whose China Grill is just one of many successful high-profile ventures. Roundtable breakout sessions provide direct access to industry experts such as beverage promotions guru Patrick Henry, e-mail marketing whiz Boris Bugarski, site selection expert Tom Prakas and a dozen others. Attendees also get to mingle with RH's latest class of Rising Star culinarians and network at the Richard Melman Concepts of Tomorrow Awards dinner. For more information, call 800-736-8660 or go to www.cotconference.com .
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