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March 11 – 13 | Louisville — Early Bird registration ends November 2nd. Sign up today!




We are excited to bring the Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit to our home city — Louisville, Kentucky.

Not only is Louisville home to restaurant industry giants like YUM! Brands and Papa John’s Pizza, it also boasts a strong and growing foodie scene. We expect many of these independent restaurant operators will welcome the opportunity to attend the Summit in their own backyard.

We think you’re going to love Louisville just as much as we do. Below are just a few things to do in the city and surrounding Bluegrass Region while you’re here.

Churchill Downs & The Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby has been held at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May for the past 143 years. You can relive much of that history at the adjacent Kentucky Derby Museum. A visit to the museum includes a tour of Churchill Downs and a showing of The Greatest Race, a one-of-a-kind 360-degree, high definition film.

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Photo Credit: Churchill Downs Racetrack / Dan Dry Associates

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

About 95% of the world’s bourbon supply is made in Kentucky. Distilleries that are open to visitors include Four Roses, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. Getting to some of these distilleries will take you past some of the most beautiful thoroughbred horse farms you will ever see.

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Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

Bats for baseball legends such as Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Ernie Banks, Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Bench and Hank Aaron have been made in Louisville for more than a century. Many of them are on display at the Louisville Slugger Museum, which also includes a tour of the factory where bats are still made for today’s major leaguers.

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Muhammad Ali Center

Born in Louisville as Cassius Clay, boxing legend Muhammad Ali became one of the most recognizable figures in the history of sports. This interactive museum looks at the life and career of the man many know as simply “The Greatest.”

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Belle of Louisville

Take an Ohio River dinner cruise on the 100 year-old Belle of Louisville, America’s last true Mississippi river steamboat still in operation.

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Photo Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers / Jack Sweeney

Waterfront Park

Scenic views of the Ohio River are available throughout the park, but some of the best views come from the Big Four Bridge. The Big Four is a walking bridge that spans the river, connecting Louisville to Jeffersonville, Indiana.

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If you consider yourself a foodie, Louisville is your kind of town. Here are just a few of the accolades the city has received:

  • Louisville was named one of the “Best Foodie Getaways around the World” by Zagat.
  • Louisville was named one of the top 10 “Tastiest Towns” by Southern Living.
  • Zagat named Louisville one of 7 Up-and-Coming Food Cities in the U.S.
  • Louisville’s NuLu neighborhood is one of Zagat’s “20 Hot Food Neighborhoods in 12 U.S. Cities” and East Market Street was named one of the “10 Best Foodie Streets in America” by Food & Wine.

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Photo: Kentucky Hot Brown

Group Discount

Take Your Team to the Summit

Register two attendees from your company and add a third at no additional cost.

Applies only to qualified attendees.

Hotel Reservations

Omni Louisville Hotel

Rate: $219/night* | Deadline: 2/18/19

Call 1-800-THE-OMNI and mention that you’re attending the Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit.

* Subject to availability at time of booking.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the Summit will put you in meaningful conversations with executives in your target market. Opportunities are available for almost any budget. Download the Sponsor Prospectus to learn more.