Restaurant trade show begins

May 16, 2009 7:52:32 PM PDT
Mayor Daley cut the ribbon on Saturday to officially open the National Restaurant Association's annual convention in McCormick Place. The three-day show has attracted more than 70,000 representatives from every state and 102 countries. It features new products and services.

This year it will also offer suggestions on how restaurants can survive the nation's economic downturn.

Before touring the exhibits, the mayor stressed the importance of the convention to Chicago hotels, cabdrivers, restaurants, and overall economy.