Howard Gordon has been attending the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show for about 20 years. For 12 of those years, he was with The Cheesecake Factory. He left his role as Cheesecake’s senior vice president of business development and marketing a few years ago to try his hand at something new. Gordon, who is now president of Gordon Restaurant Group in Los Angeles, will in August debut a new concept called Itriya Cafe Spaghetti & Ssam in Irvine, Calif., so ...

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