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.

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Noise about the election drowned out revelations about restaurants' surprising roles.

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Most of us don’t need to lick an electrical outlet to realize it’s dumb. But that class of assumptive learning often escapes people who work and eat in restaurants.

Many consumers have been frightened by a presidential election right out of a Marx Brothers movie and are slipping into a more conservative spending mode.
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The industry was taken to extremes by killer clowns, Italian grandmothers, asylum seekers and Taco Bell Nation.

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International GRLC attendees aired problems instantly recognizable to most U.S. operators, which make the American versions seem like a cinch.

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New research shows the restaurant world is shrinking, with trends spilling across borders to influence dining out in all sectors of the globe.

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Can't the places struggling to stay afloat get some relief from regulators and the over-achievers?

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How easy is it to run afoul of wage and hour laws--and get caught? Ask someone in Austin, Texas.