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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.


Grasping at straws

The industry’s breakup with plastic straws has happened at a breathtaking pace.


Are conditions improving for restaurants? Yes.

However, not all operations are sharing in the positives, says RB’s Reality Check.

The future for the restaurant industry isn't all doom and gloom.

It looks like Canadian restaurateurs will reap the benefits first, but U.S. operators need to catch up, big time.

What’s more likely to turn heads, the next chapter in Burgerville’s union dealings, or the fourth bun-related restaurant closure of the week? Check out these and the industry’s other jaw-dropping developments of recent days.

The chain’s publicity stunt was run up a flagpole, and it flew.

With little notice, one pizza powerhouse is re-thinking where the restaurant pack is heading.

We interrupt the restaurant industry's steady onslaught of challenges to bring you this download of solutions, including a killer way to find help this summer. Wipe away the tears of joy and read on.

Long before he was a potential candidate for the Oval Office, the force behind Starbucks provided an up-close indication of what he was like when the cameras aren't recording. Here's that personal recollection.

The problem isn't oversupply. It's under-demand.

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