Piper Jaffray Cos. (NYSE: PJC) hosts the 37th annual consumer conference, featuring chief executives from expanding restaurants, retailers and food and beverage companies. Roughly eight hundred investors and industry participants gather at the Lotte New York Palace June 13-14. Competition in the restaurant business is tougher than ever, as consumers often opt to stay home and cook.
Cheesecake Factory Inc. (Nasdaq; CAKE) CEO David Overton is among the speakers. Cheesecake Factory, located in Calabasas Hills, California, operates 193 restaurants under its own brand in addition to 12 Grand Lux Cafes. In 2016, the company acquired minority stakes in North Italia and Flower Child, which are both owned by Fox Restaurant Concepts LLC.