Fazoli’s and FAT Brands made headlines last month when their CEOs Carl Howard and Andy Widerhorn, respectively, announced that FAT Brands was acquiring the 220-unit fast casualItalian brand for $130 million.

The men will reveal the strategy behind that deal during the keynote address at the Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit, March 30-April 1, in Nashville. They’ll also discuss how they are managing some of the most pressing issues facing restaurant leaders, including labor shortages, increasing food costs and supply chain issues, said Cherryh Cansler, the VP of Events of Networld Media Group, the company producing the Summit.

“This is going to be a very unique keynote with two incredible leaders from different brands discussing what brought them together and what it takes for a brand to succeed in such a tumultuous time period,” she said.

Other speakers include c-level executives from:

  • Chick-Fil-A.
  • Noodles & Co
  • PF Chang’s.
  • Slim Chickens.
  • Denny’s.
  • CKE Restaurants.
  • Panera Bread.
  • Modern Restaurant Concepts.
  • Blaze Pizza.
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe.
  • Luna Grill.
  • A&W Restaurants.
  • Bonchon.
  • FOCUS Brands.
  • Big Chicken.
  • Little Greek.
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
  • Shipley Do-Nuts.
  • Another Broken Egg Cafe.

Register here for the Summit. The Early Bird deadline ends Friday.

About Networld Media Group

Founded in 2000, Networld Media Group is a leading business-to-business (B2B) media communications company specializing in digital media, associations and events in the tech, banking, retail and food service industries. Online properties include ATMmarketplace.com, DigitalSignageToday.com, FastCasual.com, KioskMarketplace.com, FoodTruckOperator.com, QSRweb.com, PizzaMarketplace.com, RetailCustomerExperience.com, VendingTimes.com and BiblicalLeadership.com. Annual events include the Fast Casual Executive Summit, the Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit, the Bank Customer Experience Summit (BCX), the Interactive Customer Experience Summit (ICX) and the Self-Service Innovation Summit.

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