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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The normally well-behaved restaurant industry sank deeply into snark in recent weeks, bashing one another in hopes of drawing favorable notice.

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The restaurant industry's annual gathering yielded some unconventional approaches to common problems, from sky-high delivery fees to lowering labor costs.

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The industry's annual convention served up some low-cost ideas for drawing and keeping good employees.

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A powerful chain is poking a toe into breakfast, a new restaurant job is taking shape, a wave of restaurant IPOs appear to be on the horizon, and not every brand sees magic in order-ahead apps.

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Third-party delivery may be getting all the buzz, but a growing number of operations are showing renewed interest in a more familiar means of capturing off-premise sales.

Out with the ‘gut feeling’ guys; bring on the number geeks.
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An ebbing tide lowers all boats, as most restaurant operations can attest at the moment. Then there are the situations more akin to a shipwreck. Here are some high-profile chains that are still struggling mightily to right themselves.

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Cheesecake Factory says it has a second fast-casual venture in the works, Dunkin' convenes a workforce Woodstock, Noodles clears the table and McDonald's touts its merits as a first job.

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