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 upscale restaurant market has its celebrity chefs, but the limited-service sector is giving rise to a group of marquee-name investors whose very interest tends to anoint their holdings as likely successes.

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The trend of making vegetables a star is quickly shifting down from high-end dining into the mass market. Here are some of recent efforts by sizable chains, including one of the industry's largest.

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KFC is tinkering with a new health-minded concept, while also testing life as a retailer. And those aren't the only transformations that snared attention.

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New evidence validated suspicions about customer nudity, cheapskate tippers and how servers gossip about patrons.

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The restaurant industry had its own fireworks in recent days. They were just a little harder to spot.

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A different sort of whopper figured large in recent restaurant news. But it's all true—we swear it!

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The industry has made considerable progress in adopting health and sustainability as menu influences, but the trend has not been without its challenges, as this week's Menus of Change conference attested. Here are some of the sticking points.

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