Richards will give his ‘honest’ opinion on the future of the casual dining sector, and discuss CDG’s plans to double in size in a speech at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on 11 July.
The group is aiming to expand to 600 restaurants and move in to international territories such as Asia and the Middle East.
He will also detail the strategy behind CDG’s exit from Strada, the development of its biggest brands, including Bella Italia and Café Rouge, and its acquisition of La Tasca and Las Iguanas for c.£105m last year.
Prior to the talk market research agency YouGov will reveal its latest casual dining data, offering insight into the market, consumer eating out habits and key growth opportunities.
Starting at 10.30am, the event includes YouGov’s presentation, a drinks reception, a three-course seated lunch with wine and Richard’s post-lunch address.