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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.

Workforce

Why restaurants should care more about apathy

Reality Check: The industry’s efforts to avert spikes in labor costs and benefits might as well be canceled due to lack of interest.

Beverage

Looking for a less painful way to discount, restaurants make happy hours all day long

As they look to provide value during a time of high inflation, full-service restaurants are sacrificing some of their highest-margin items: drinks.

The top challenges are the same ones facing operators on this side of the border. The solutions, not so much.

Reality Check: The new aspirational goal of organized labor is a 50% increase over what was once regarded as a moonshot of a raise. And it's already being hit.

Reality Check: Sure, it's a union-backed plan to change restaurant employment. But isn't a new model needed?

Reality Check: Technology's big payback isn't eliminating jobs, it's making current job holders happier.

Reality Check: Opponents of the wage break for employers are using ballot initiatives to get their way.

Reality Check: The industry nodded through the takeaway of key employer powers. Is it just going to roll over as the setbacks continue?

Reality Check: The trend of the moment for employers should be particularly worrisome for the foodservice business.

He checks many of the boxes on Starbucks' list of ideal characteristics, and his education background could be the labor remedy that's eluded the brand.

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