QSR magazine announced that its sixth Fast Casual Meet Up of 2019 will be held in Philadelphia. The Meet Up, part of a 10-city series across the U.S., is on July 18 at 6 p.m. at Yards Brewing Co. in downtown Philadelphia.

“This is our first Fast Casual Meet Up in Philadelphia, and we can’t wait to connect with the city’s fast-casual community,” says Sam Oches, QSR’s editor. “Whether it’s cheesesteak icons or nutritious startups, Philadelphia clearly has a range of innovative fast-casual brands that are making an impact on the foodservice world.”

The Fast Casual Meet Up series launched in 2015 as a way to unite communities of fast-casual operators across the country. The free networking receptions feature food and drinks in a relaxed setting, giving founders, executives, managers, and other restaurant representatives a platform for meeting peers and learning more about what’s going on in their local communities.

To date, representatives from more than 600 brands have joined QSR at a Fast Casual Meet Up.

“We’ve had great feedback from operators about the Meet Ups, and countless partnerships and friendships have emerged from them,” Oches says. “Restaurant professionals are always working so hard and rarely get time to interact with their peers. We want to give them that opportunity so they can learn from each other—and we didn’t want to make them fly across the country to a conference to achieve that.”  

To RSVP to the free Philadelphia Fast Casual Meet Up, restaurant operators simply need to visit QSRmagazine.com/philly-meet-up and input their information. (Vendors/suppliers are not permitted to the Meet Ups.)

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