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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.


More restaurants turn unit design over to the people who have to live with it

Reality Check: No one knows the aggravations of working in a restaurant like the actual employees and their bosses. Here's a look at the growing trend of chains attempting to harness that know-how as a potent remedy for their labor problems.


Vaccine mandates prove no shot in the arm for restaurants

Study after study shows the requirements are hurting sales and ironically intensifying the physical dangers faced by employees, says RB's Reality Check. Fortunately, for every Cujo of a customer, there’s one more like a golden retriever puppy.

The iconic burger chain has taken an uncharacteristic political stance by refusing to check vaccine proofs, according to RB's Reality Check. History provides a preview of what the cult favorite can expect.

This one could be worse than the pandemic, warns RB's Reality Check.

The president's plan addresses only one problem afflicting the pipeline, and that's not enough, according to RB's Reality Check.

They may not enjoy the buzz yet of some restaurant chiefs, but these executives may well be on their way to that sort of notoriety, says RB's Reality Check.

New research has produced a slew of information on the labor plight of the nation and its restaurant industry. Here are four gems that shouldn't slip past you, says RB's Reality Check.

RB's Reality Check wonders whether these backburner events be the first sign of potentially disruptive trends.

Back in the day, restaurateurs didn’t have to worry about that sort of thing. Trouble is, we’re no longer back in the day, says RB's Reality Check.

Quitting has soared to historic levels in recent months, and the exodus might have more to do with stress than pay, says RB's Reality Check.

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