Restaurant Rewind

`Those who don’t know their history are destined to relive it', to riff on the words of a famed philosopher. For anyone in the restaurant business, that oft-quoted saying may be more of a heartening promise than a dire admonition. The industry’s past is packed with tales of scoundrels and heroes, big thinkers and pinheads, colossal successes and dismal failures, breakthrough moves and self-inflicted destruction. Few soap operas pack as much color and drama. Yet those yellowed snapshots provide insights relevant to the challenges of today. Join Peter Romeo, a 41-year veteran of the business with a penchant for restaurant history, as he explores those pivotal moments from the past. 

Marketing

Thermometers say its time to give air conditioning its due

Restaurant Rewind: Never mind AI. Here's the technology that'll really matter, starting this week and continuing through the summer. This week's episode looks at the machinery's beginnings and a few moments when it brought change to the business.

Marketing

How Domino's broke new ground with a tell-all ad campaign

Restaurant Rewind: Few other chains have dared be as forthcoming about product quality as the pizza chain was. Now it's taking the opposite track. How's that likely to go?

Restaurant Rewind: The lines between segments aren't the only traditional boundaries that are being smudged in today's competitive environment. Contrary to the old rules, concepts are tapping the drawing power of competitors for share of stomach.

Restaurant Rewind: There was a time 50 years or so ago when the big come-on for a flurry of new restaurant chains was the promise of unlimited beer and wine. What could go wrong?

Restaurant Rewind: Here's why several prominent chain CEOs got a firsthand exposure to prison foodservice.

Restaurant Rewind: The Fisherman's Wharf landmark has adhered to the traditions set by founder Al Scoma without ignoring what today's customers want.

Restaurant Rewind: 'Tis the season to break out the sprinkles and split a few bananas. Join us as we look at the origins of ice cream and how it evolved to the sales-driver it is today.

Restaurant Rewind: With the casual-dining greybeard set to begin a new chapter as a British-owned concept, it’s a good time to remember the brand’s decidedly American past.

Restaurant Rewind: The conference has grown from a few hundred attendees to several thousands, without losing the uniqueness of those early days. Here's what's in its DNA.

In the transcript of this week's Restaurant Rewind podcast, read about one of the most colorful characters ever to influence the business.

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