Reality Check

Peter Romeo

The blog from award-winning journalist, RB Editor-at-Large Peter Romeo. Peter taps into his decades of experience covering the restaurant business at a variety of publications to discuss any number of issues related to the operations and general direction of restaurants.


Everybody talks about rising restaurant crime. Maybe it's time to do something about it

Reality Check: Well-intentioned efforts like bail reform may not be delivering what proponents envisioned. It's not reactionary to fix the fix.


There's another big restaurant chain in organized labor's sights

Reality Check: The union behind California's $20 fast-food wage is now pushing Waffle House for a $25 pay floor and a change in its employee meal policies. But all restaurant employers should be concerned.

Reality Check: Conditions are aligning within the restaurant business for a leap in union activity. Yet apathy prevails.

Reality Check: A number of mature restaurant chains are out to prove that age is just a number.

Reality Check: A candidate for the state's open U.S. Senate seat would like to see a $50 pay floor nationwide.

Reality Check: This year's mother of all industry forecasts is packed with tidbits that are likely to surprise. Here are five we found in the National Restaurant Association's State of the Restaurant Industry report.

Spoiler alert: It’s the shot at expanding the labor pool by thousands of prospective hires per day.

Reality Check: Credit card fees are increasingly being passed along to consumers, offsetting a moderation in menu inflation. Operators need to do something about that.

Reality Check: Soaring menu prices are expected to cut Britain's population of fish-and-chips joints in half. There's a lesson in there for operators on this side of the Atlantic.

Reality Check: The industry can't publicly condemn Abbott's anti-immigrant measure without looking like a chronic lawbreaker.

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