Casual Dining 2019 has confirmed that the chairman of Loungers, Alex Reilley, will appear at its first ExCel show in an opening morning keynote interview.
The industry trailblazer will be quizzed by Peter Martin, director at CM&Co and VP of CGA on Wednesday 27 February.
The Lounger’s chairman will be making a welcome return to the UK’s leading pub, bar and restaurant trade event, having previously hosted a Keynote at its launch edition at the BDC in 2014.
Since then, he’s won numerous awards including ‘Champion of the year’ at the first ever Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards in 2016, while the company he co-founded has gone from strength to strength.
The fast-growing hospitality business now operates 114 Lounges and 21 Cosy Clubs. By 2021, the company aims to have 200 national sites.
Mr Reilley will discuss this the company’s future plans and newer brands such as Hubbox, where he is non-executive chairman, at 10.45am.
Other keynote speakers include: CEOs and MDs from Casual Dining Group, Pizza Hut Restaurants UK, Dishoom, Carluccio’s, Oakman Inns, New World Trading Co, Hawksmoor, Mowgli Street Food, Pizza Pilgrims, The Alchemist Bars & Restaurants, Yummy Pubs Co, BrewDog, Flat Iron and UKHospitality.
Alex Reilley, chairman of Loungers, said: “Casual Dining is the only show dedicated to our industry and I look forward to seeing everyone at ExCeL.”
Casual Dining will take place at the new venue of ExCeL London on 27-28 February 2019.