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Reality Check

Peter Romeo

The musings of Editor-at-Large Peter Romeo.

Operations

Talk of the industry this week: On-premise dining

Or at least that was a major theme at the ICR Conference, where three dozen chains aired their strategies and financial results.

Leadership

Story time with Ruth’s Chris CEO Cheryl Henry

The steakhouse chief took a different approach to highlighting her charge’s strategy. Gather around to hear the account.

Or was consumers’ abandonment of shopping malls the culprit? Add in heightened competition and you have the perfect storm that tripped up the brand, the chain’s leadership says.

Here are some guaranteed shockers that might have slipped past.

The longtime marketer used a presentation at GRLC to share his take on leadership and where the restaurant industry is headed.

The acquisition provides a standout operator with a standing concept-development lab.

New information shows he’ll dig deep for something he wants. And he apparently wanted these badly.

A sizable swath of the business community is leaning on the Senate to pass potential safeguards, but restaurants are not part of it.

Here's what's simmering while the industry is busy summering.

Shake Shack might’ve just played disruptor for everyone. And that’s not the only change remaking the fast-growth sector.

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