March 20-22, 2023 | Coral Gables, FL — Early Bird registration ends Dec. 16. Register Now

Breakout Session / Tuesday / March 21, 2023 / 10:30 AM

Design Disruption: Streamlining Your FoH and BoH to Cut Costs

As restaurants battle labor and supply shortages, they are leaning on technology to increase efficiency and cut costs, which often leads to remodeling plans.

Speakers in this session talk about their recent redesigns.


Yianni Kosmides | CEO | Apola Greek Grill
Yianni Kosmides is the Founder & CEO at Apola International. Founded by brothers Yianni and Stefano Kosmides in Irvine, California, the fast-casual brand has gained a loyal following throughout SoCal for its fresh ingredients and familiar vibe. It’s best known for serving the ‘Most Authentic Greek Gyro you can get without buying a plane ticket!’ Despite having only two family-owned locations in Irvine and Yorba Linda, Calif., Apóla was ranked No. 5 on Fast Casual’s “Brands to Watch” in 2021. The Kosmides Family has been in the restaurant business since 1977 and has founded nine other restaurant brands.
Mark Mele | Chief Development Officer | Paris Baguette America
Mark Mele has over 30 years of leadership experience building and guiding franchise brands. Mele has achieved the Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation from the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives (ICFE) through the International Franchise Association. As an accomplished corporate franchise sales and development strategist, Mele’s vision and expertise in business performance has driven notable franchise brands such as Century 21 Real Estate Corporation, Country Inns & Suites by Carlson, Retro Fitness, Kumon North America and Huntington Learning Centers. Mele has achieved exciting company turnarounds and is recognized for his success in growing franchise brands. His strategic approach to expanding a franchise brand is reflected in his work as Vice President of Franchise Development of Kumon North America, Inc., where his leadership resulted in the opening of over 500 new franchised Kumon Math and Reading centers in 4 years.
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Restaurant/Foodservice Operators who register two attendees may add a third attendee at no additional cost.

Group discount does not apply to Franchise Brokers/Consultants or Vendors.


Loews Coral Gables Hotel

To reserve your room, call 1-800-235-6397 and use the code NMG319 to receive the group rate of $299/night.


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