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Join Girl & the Goat's Stephanie Izard & More in Austin for R365's First Two-Day User Conference

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After kicking off in Austin and following up with stops in Miami, Los Angeles’ historic Wiltern Theatre, and San Francisco’s iconic Julia Morgan Ballroom, Restaurant365’s Restaurant Transformation Tour (RTT) is heading back to where it all started with a killer lineup for the first-ever two-day user conference.

If you’ve never done a summer on the festival circuit, it’s ok. We’re here to make sure your trip helps you drive value for your restaurant company, no matter your role or what sector of the restaurant biz your company leads. Get ready to level up your back-office expertise and capabilities, and then combine those lessons with a new perspective on what it means to succeed in the long term. Of course, it can’t (and shouldn’t) be all business, and given Austin’s rep for tacos, brisket, music, and beer, it’s sure to be a good time. We don’t want to spoil all of the fun, but here are a few reasons you don’t want to miss it.   

Hear From the Girl (and The Goat)  

Tom Brady? Meh. Lionel Messi? Mid. Meet Stephanie Izard. She’s the first woman to win Bravo’s hit cooking reality show Top Chef, runs a fleet of beloved Chicago restaurants, and will be headlining the two-day conference. Among her many other accolades, Izard won the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Great Lakes award in 2013 and Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chef award in 2011. Today, is the Executive Chef and Owner of four restaurants in Chicago, two in Los Angeles, as well as Goat Group Catering and This Little Goat product line which features a variety of globally inspired, flavor-packed sauces, spices, and crunches. How does she do it? Join us to find out.   

More Heavy Hitters  

Izard won’t be alone. Throughout the event, you’ll also hear from several leaders working and growing on the industry’s cutting edge. The festival will host in-depth conversations with Massimo Mallozzi, VP of IT for Paris Baguette; Mike Lubitz, CFO of Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining; Greg Majewski, CEO of the newly launched Craveworthy Brands, which includes all of the iconic brands once under the Mongolian Concepts flag; Bill Valentas; CFO and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers; and James Clark of Clark Culinary.   

Get Smart with R365 Intelligence  

Dig into our latest innovation, R365 Intelligence. R365 Intelligence helps restaurant owners, operators, and managers effortlessly visualize, blend, and understand internal and third-party data to spend less time digging for answers and more time on improving operations and driving growth. Product leaders will be on hand to walk you through this new addition and provide insight into the vision, best practices, and roadmap.  

A Crazy Amount of Content  

With 15-plus hours of training, attendees can choose breakout sessions and workshops that fit their focus area. The content is designed to offer actionable guidance and expertise in every area of R365, while a dedicated Solutions Bar will be regularly staffed with R365 experts to provide tailored advice, answer questions, and offer best practices. The possibilities are endless. Accountants can dive into sessions on streamlining accounts payable and financial reporting. Meanwhile, operators and managers can choose from options like advances in labor tracking and compliance strategies to the latest in menu engineering and tips for overcoming staffing and supply chain challenges.  

Connect with Industry Peers & Experts  

One of the best parts of any of our user events isn’t the content; it’s those in the seats and walking the halls. With constant pressure on everyone in the restaurant industry, there’s little time for colleagues to break bread, share a drink, and talk about recent experiences and breakthroughs. RTT is the place to reconnect with that colleague you haven’t seen in a while or build a new relationship with another industry leader.  

Think Long Term  

In addition to the functional workshops, there will also be a wide variety of big-picture events. Whether that’s learning what keeps a restaurant CFO up at night, how the industry’s most successful companies build high-performing teams, or how forward-thinking companies are driving long-term profit by transforming managers into entrepreneurial operators, you’ll leave with a tank full of ideas to create a strategic plan, and the excitement to go out and accomplish it.   


No one does it better than restaurant people, and there’ll be plenty of opportunity to kick back and raise a glass or two during the event. Once the content has wrapped up, remember you’re still in the middle of Austin, so whether you’re into music, Texas barbecue, or taking in a new city, it’s all within an arm’s reach.