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.


Here's a business tool to keep restaurant executives employed after a tough Q1

Reality Check: The first three months of 2024 weren’t easy on restaurant chains, but spin-doctoring proved to be. Indeed, there must have been a run on shovels.


Surprise, surprise: California kept its full-service restaurants in the dark for months

Reality Check: The state attorney general had refused to clarify the scope of the state's pending anti-junk-fee law. It's one more smack in the face to the trade.

Reality Check: The FTC wants the business to change several longstanding operating conventions. Has it heard why that's a bad idea?

Reality Check: Old-guard chains are finding the alternative operations to be persistently effective side hustles.

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

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.

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