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, RestaurantBusinessOnline.com, 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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Crime doesn't pay, as some restaurateurs learned this week. But, sometimes, neither does doing what seems the right thing for your staff.

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Even we blushed while perusing some of the week's uncelebrated but noteworthy developments.

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Nightmares may not go away for years, as some restaurants learned this week.

Restaurateurs warned that raising minimum wages by an unreasonable margin would bring cuts, streamlining and automation.
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No sooner had one arresting development arisen than another quickly followed in its wake, making neck braces an acceptable fashion accessory.

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Sometimes silence can really be golden for restaurants. Here's proof.

Today, customers merely have to say what they want, without any pesky humans interfering as the request is dispatched to the kitchen in a readable form.
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Is the industry going a little crazy, or is it just a garden-variety midlife crisis? Here's the evidence to consider.

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