2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show
We've been told we just can't say it enough so here goes: The 2012 edition of the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago on May 5-8, two full weeks earlier than its usual time slot. How come? The traditional dates would have seen NRA overlap with the Global G8 and NATO Summits, an event whose security requirements will make moving around downtown Chicago a nightmare. Throw 58,000 out-of-town NRA attendees into the mix and it would have been chaos and gridlock for all concerned.
The date switch hasn't done anything to diminish the energy level of show preparations. NRA has already lined up former President Bill Clinton to give the keynote speech on May 6. New this year will be a Healthier Kids pavilion, packed with idea-starters for operators who want to add more healthful items to their kids menus. Companion show International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event also has new dates: May 6-7, 2012. For more information, go to www.show.restaurant.org or call 312-853-2525.