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.

Emerging Brands

When a 'Help Wanted' sign turns into a 'For Sale' notice

Reality Check: Five weeks of management hell was enough for this industry vet of 47 years.

Emerging Brands

3 business legends reveal their restaurant plans

Reality Check: Starbucks’ Howard Schultz, Tesla’s Elon Musk, and serial tech disruptor Marc Lore are betting they can change the restaurant industry with new ventures. Here’s a look at what they’re envisioning.

Reality Check: Proposals have been floated to get asylum seekers into jobs more quickly. But fears are winning out.

Reality Check: The much-hated labor group deserves credit for what it did this week. Wow, I actually did type that.

Reality Check: But there's an asterisk. The delivery-only brands have found their happy place in family dining.

Reality Check: Okay, there may be a tad of exaggeration there. But what do you expect when un-truths are flying through the business like Frisbees at one of my gigantic outdoor concerts?

Reality Check: The RB staff put down its forks long enough to speculate on what could be the next big thing menu-wise. Here are our bets, longshot and otherwise.

Reality Check: Missing coalitions, mystery associations and fair food are head-scratchers that have us vexed. And we've read all of Sherlock Holmes.

Reality Check: 3-for-$10 (or thereabouts) and buy one/take one home deals are back in vogue.

Reality Check: The retiring Darden Restaurants chairman blazed a career that should shush assertions the restaurant industry will take you nowhere.

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