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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.

Financing

Will Congress open the spigot this time on more restaurant aid?

Reality Check: The National Restaurant Association is stepping up its efforts to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, citing a new opportunity. But it's far from a slam-dunk.

Workforce

Another union setback may not be the worst of Starbucks' labor problems

Reality Check: Units aren't using the sophisticated tech that's been installed to alleviate GM's personnel burdens.

Reality Check: Sure, complying with Biden's mandate would have cost time, money and aggravation. But might the alternative be even worse?

Reality Check: And—surprise, surprise—some of them are good news for an industry that’s taken its lumps.

Reality Check: Any new year brings areas of uncertainty and concern. Here are the big ones confronting the foodservice industry.

Reality Check: The best thing you could give restaurateurs this year is a break from the near past.

The longtime restaurant leader intends to retire in May. Here's how his thinking has influenced a casual-dining giant—if not the industry itself, according to RB's Reality Check.

Elsewhere in the world, service limits are being imposed on restaurants again. But in the U.S., officials are relying on vaccination and mask mandates to avoid caps on seating and hours of operation. At least until now.

Reality Check: The job of taking orders and settling bills may be one of the tech boom's first casualties or major benefits, depending on your perspective.

Reality Check: More quick-service restaurants are providing ways for guests to tip employees. Heck, even unions are suddenly for it.

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