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Top Restaurant Investment Trends: 2022 Outlook

Wed, Nov 17, 2021 · 3:00 PM · Eastern Time (US & Canada)
About This Webinar

Over the past 18 months the US restaurant industry has gone through one of the most challenging periods in its history. Despite the setback that the pandemic has brought on, restaurants have continued to pivot, innovate, and adapt to the post-pandemic environment.

How are some the leading restaurant investors thinking about the industry’s future? What food concepts / ideas are trending? What does the “restaurant of the future” look like? Hear from some of the industry’s investment thought leaders in this webinar hosted by The Food Institute.


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Marcum LLP’s Food & Beverage Services group has the perfect recipe of knowledge and service capabilities to help companies stay flexible. Marcum’s professionals provide the accounting, tax, and consulting services so that companies can concentrate on the growth of their business. Marcum serves a variety of food and beverage clients including distributors and manufacturers, importers, restaurant chains, processors and packaging, agribusinesses, and retailers. For more information, please visit https://www.marcumllp.com/industries/food-beverage.

Mesirow Investment Banking focuses exclusively on middle-market transactions and serves both public and private companies in merger & acquisition advisory, debt advisory, restructuring and special situations, fairness and solvency opinions, board of directors advisory and special committee representation. Our practice combines rich industry knowledge and long-standing relationships with an entrepreneurial desire to customize advice and programs that help clients maximize corporate growth and value potential over time. For more information, please visit https://www.mesirow.com/capabilities/investment-banking.

Who can view: People who attended or registered for the webinar only
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Enlightened Hospitality Investments and Union Square Hospitality Group
Mark is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Enlightened Hospitality Investments. Mark is actively involved in all of EHI’s portfolio companies, and serves on the boards of Joe Coffee, Salt & Straw, Goldbelly, Dig and Banza, and is a board observer at Madison Reed. Additionally, Mark sits on the board of Union Square Hospitality Group, is a member of the Council on Chicago Booth for the University of Chicago, and serves as Chairman Emeriti at Jacob’s Pillow, a dance school and performance space in the Berkshires. In 2020, Mark was included in Nation’s Restaurant News’ Top 50 Technology Power List which features the 50 most influential leaders of technology and innovation in the restaurant industry.

Prior to founding EHI, Mark was head of the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Investment Banking group at Piper Jaffray & Co. He previously served on the boards of Trinity College, the Harlem Globetrotters, Centennial Communications, Citadel Communications, T/SF Communications (TSF), US Radio, and Leap Wireless (LEAP) where he also served on the Finance Committee and Transaction Committee during its sale to AT&T.

Mark earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Trinity College.
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Co-Managing Partner, The Kitchen Fund and FranInvest
Dan Rowe specializes in finding the next big thing and for over 20 years has identified and grown brands like Five Guys Burgers & Fries, QDOBA Mexican Grill and The Halal Guys from small unit businesses to the powerhouse chains they are today. Under Dan Rowe’s direction, Fransmart’s current and past franchise development portfolio brands have opened more than 5,000 restaurants worldwide, and facilitated franchise investments that have cumulatively generated over 1-billion in revenues to date. Dan is Co-Managing Partner at The Kitchen Fund and FranInvest, which have invested in Sweetgreen, Cava, by Chloe, Inday, eegee’s, to name just a few, and is an active board member of YPO and the National Restaurant Association.
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Managing Director/Co-Founder, Savory Fund
Andrew is the Managing Director of the Savory Fund, a Mercato Partners food & beverage focused fund founded in 2018. In 2020, Savory closed Fund I at $100M, and a subsequent $100M Fund II in May of 2021. Currently, Savory owns and operates seven beloved brands, including Mo’Bettahs, Swig, R&R BBQ, The Crack Shack, Via 313, Pincho and Hash Kitchen. Andrew spent the last 24 years as an entrepreneur, co-founding three different technology companies from 1998-2008 and entering the restaurant industry in the middle of one of the greatest recessions. Since 2009, Andrew has assisted in developing, acquiring and operating 200+ restaurants across 11 states, generating over $1.5B in sales. As an angel investor, Andrew has financed over 20 small businesses and mentored many founders within the technology, manufacturing and F&B industries.

Andrew won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year® award in 2017 and was featured as BusinessQ’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018. His businesses were also Inc. 500/5000 Honorees for 10 years.
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Food and Beverage Leader, Marcum LLP
Louis Biscotti is the national leader of Marcum’s Food and Beverage Services group. He has been an entrepreneurial leader in accounting for over 40 years. Mr. Biscotti has focused his efforts on improving his clients’ growth and profitability and has guided many companies in their development from small emerging entities into organizations worth hundreds of millions of dollars. While his clients represent a variety of industries, he is particularly well known for his work in manufacturing and distribution, especially with food and beverage companies.

An active member of many local chambers of commerce, Mr. Biscotti served as a trustee for the Foundation for Accounting Education and was a board member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA). He is a former president of the Accounting Circle and an Executive Advisory Board member of St. John’s, his alma mater, and Molloy College. He also serves on the advisory boards for many of his clients, where the cumulative experience of his 40 years in practice and work with nearly 1,000 companies gives those clients an invaluable edge.
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