Restaurant Trends 2024

On May 13th, we gathered over one hundred industry professionals at Boston’s City Winery in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Restaurant Trends. Restaurant operators, lawyers, bankers, brokers, and more packed the Haymarket Lounge and were treated to two hours of valuable insights on topics such as innovation, development, and expansion trends driving success in the restaurant and hospitality space.


Highlights included a macroeconomic and restaurant outlook presentation by Christopher Shaker, CPA (RSM US LLP), a dynamic panel conversation moderated by Nicole Estaphan (WCVB Channel 5’s Chronicle) and featuring Kristin Clough Canty (Woods Hill Table, Woods Hill Pier 4, Adelita), Eli Feldman (Shy Bird and Branch Line), Jonathan Martin (Newmark), and Jordan Warshaw (The Noannet Group), who discussed everything from AI in the restaurant world, to the benefits and challenges of sustainability, and some of the biggest challenges that come up in developing a hotel.



We rounded out the programming portion with a local industry report from Boston Restaurant Group’s Charlie Parker and closing remarks by Andy Rosenbloom at Buyers Edge Platform. Most notably, the event raised $5,000 for the Massachusetts Restaurant Association Education Foundation, which Jennifer Almeida and Payton Liddell graciously accepted.

We were delighted to see so many industry professionals come together to learn more about the latest trends and engage in meaningful discussions. This event provided a unique platform for networking and sharing thoughts on the challenges owners and operators face in a competitive market.

Thanks again to our generous sponsors, whose support made this possible: RSM US LLP, Buyers Edge Platform, Boston Magazine, Marcum LLP, TriMark USA, Cambridge Savings Bank, Cafco Construction Management, LLC, and USI Insurance Services. 

Visit RIW’s The Industry for a full recap

Learn more about our Hospitality Practice group here or contact co-chairs Adam Barnosky at (617) 570-3519 / or Kelly Caralis at (617) 570-3514 /



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