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.

nbc olympics

Did the Olympics inspire industry antagonists to strive a little harder this week? Here's the evidence to judge for yourself.

kfc exterior main

KFC says its limited-edition fried chicken-scented sunscreen was a hit. The stunt shouldn't have been a surprise given some of the wacky gimmicks the Yum Brands holding has used in the past to snag attention and stir controversy. Here are six standouts, most of which had something to do with the chain's legendary founder.

astronaut moon landing

NASA isn't the only operation that can attempt a moonshot, as restaurants demonstrated vividly this week.

haunted cursed manor

Nightmares can strike far outside the bedroom, as this week's crop of restaurant versions attests.

business man dodging

The fall in restaurant sales and traffic hasn’t been a lowering tide, as these higher-floating players prove.

woman neck strain

Chiropractors should be exchanging high-fives after reaping a business windfall this week from head-snapping developments in the restaurant business. Here’s a review of the standout neck strainers.

With ops getting weird, the change-resistant are the winners.
jerk seasoning

Lapses in sense once again ensnarled restaurants in difficult situations. This time, the culprits included an unbridled Facebook enthusiast with a hyperactive imagination and a gun handler who should have known better.