Peter Romeo's Reality Check

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

Peter Romeo is director of digital content of the foodservice group of CSP Business 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.

Mixed into three days of insights and education at the cross-channel foodservice conference were these six aha moments.
No trend is harder to spot than the one that’s creeping toward ubiquity. This week, signs of four were unmistakable.
No sooner did the judge hand down his decision than Sysco alerted the industry and investors that it would devote a few days to exploring its options.
McDonald's reaches beyond dollar deals with bargain bundles, Del Frisco's Grille's messaging woes and Bob Evans boasts 100 percent cracked-from-shell eggs.
Some of the nutrition world’s biggest brains offered practical advice during the CIA’s Menus of Change conference for boosting sales and profits.
A quick review of several chains’ latest recovery efforts—including McDonald's, Olive Garden, Saladworks and Cosi—shows how difficult a rebound can be.
His father foresaw upward mobility for all; now the current Cuomo plays King of the Hill with QSRs
The co-founder and longtime leader of Restaurant Opportunity Centers United is being honored by the James Beard Foundation for her contribution to the business.