Global Restaurant Investment Forum

25-27 February 2019 – NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam


25-27 February 2019 – Amsterdam

London Briefing

10th July 2018

At Ruya London & Devonshire Terrace

GRIF Society London Agenda - Tuesday, 10 July 2018

08:30 - 09:00

Registration and Breakfast Bites at Devonshire Terrace

09:00 - 09:05

Introduction & Welcome Remarks

James Hacon – Managing Director, THINK Hospitality

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines – Managing Director Middle East , Bench Events; Co-Founder, GRIF

09:05 - 09:20

Overview on two of the world’s most important restaurant markets.

What’s poised to make an impact in London and New York?

Jamie McDonald – Chief Executive Officer, Just Opened Group

09:20 - 09:40

An analysis of the European restaurant landscape

Where are the opportunities for development

Mario C. Bauer – Advisor to Vapiano; Co-Founder, Curtice Brothers

09:40 - 10:00

Concept Showcase: Pesca the Theatre of Fish

How are they building a brand with expansion and growth in mind? How are they disrupting the traditional restaurant business model? What is so innovative about their concept and strategy for growth and development?

Sven Sallaerts – Co-Founder, Younique Concepts

10:00 - 10:40

Spotlight on the Dutch Market

Where are the opportunities in the market and what is being exported to the rest of Europe?

Mario C. Bauer – Advisor to Vapiano; Co-Founder, Curtice Brothers

Ronald Huiskamp – Owner, H-Hospitality

Casper Reinders – Owner, Tao Horeca Group

Sven Sallaerts – Co-Founder, Younique Concepts

10:40 - 11:20

The Future of the Restaurant think tank discussion led by Peter Backman

The restaurant sector is in the middle of a Great Shakedown which has arisen out of: overcapacity, changing customer expectations, limited brand differentiation, rising costs, and cost imbalances. So, what is next for funding models, branding, store locations, cost structures and more?M

Maurice Abboudi – Director, K10 Restaurants

Peter Backman – Principal, Peter Backman

Monique Borst – Consultant, Monique Borst Ltd

Paul Campbell – Founder , Hill Capital Partners

11:20 - 12:00

Franchising; Good or Bad?

Babette Marzheuser-Wood, Head of Franchising, Dentons will be representing the "yes, it is good" side and David Loyd of International Market Management will be putting the "no, it is bad" case. And we want you to get in on the debate and throw your opinions and questions into the fray.

David Loyd – Director, International Market Management

Babette Marzheuser-Wood – Partner, Dentons

12:00 - 13:00

Cross city adventure!

Get social with GRIF Society on our cross city adventure on a route master bus transporting us to Rüya at Grosvenor House for a fabulous lunch at London’s first Dubai restaurant export.

13:00 - 15:00

Networking lunch at Rüya London

Introduction by Chef Colin Clague & Martin Renshaw, General Manager, Rüya London