Peter Romeo's Reality Check

News and Peter Romeo’s views on the business behind the restaurant business
Peter Romeo
Director of Digital Content
Winsight Media

Peter Romeo is director of digital content of the foodservice group of Winsight Media, with responsibility for the content of Restaurant Business and FoodService Director magazines,, and the Restaurant Leadership Conference. The multi-media job caps a 34-year career as a business journalist, including 28 years as a chain-restaurant specialist for such information channels as Nation’s Restaurant News, QSR magazine, and the website of the National Restaurant Association. Romeo’s columns during an earlier stint at Restaurant Business earned him two Jesse H. Neal Awards, business publishing’s equivalent of the Pulitzers. He graduated from New York University in 1979 with honors in history and journalism, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He resides in the New York City suburb of Port Washington with his wife, Holly Klokis; four rescued greyhounds; and four ne’er-do-well, slightly nervous cats.

Restaurateurs get a place in Congress, Starbucks baristas revolt, Chipotle's manager evaluation checklist and Dunkin' Donuts braces for a slowdown.
McDonald’s acknowledged that a cornerstone of its turnaround strategy hasn’t snagged consumers’ attention as planned, prompting adjustments of the customization program.
Attendees of FSTEC agreed the challenges have little to do with functionality or price.
Developments of the past week may have barely turned a head on their own, but the larger currents they signify are a different matter altogether.
Sales are up, traffic is up, to-go orders are way up, and management is confident it’s hit the right formula for winning customers back to Olive Garden.
Last month’s landmark ruling by the labor watchdog could affect far more than restaurant franchisors.
Without so much as a full moon, some of the biggest names in the business began a transformation this week that should have werewolves muttering, “Whoa, gnarly stuff.”
Danny Meyer's GreenRiver is on the 18th floor of Northwestern Memorial Hospital; 4,134 restaurants in New York are awaiting health department re-inspection.