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

Never mind Endless Shrimp. How about all the booze you can hold?

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?

Leadership

The restaurant business has produced its share of criminals, including these

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.

Restaurant Rewind: During his 64 years, he drew a spotlight time and again, though not always for positive reasons.

Restaurant Rewind: The ban in place within some jurisdictions is a telling example of how the rules governing alcohol sales may no longer make sense. Grab a stein of mead and give a listen.

Restaurant Rewind: Some ploys were crafty enough to make you drop your Micro Macs and Kale Shake. And about that offer to buy the Liberty Bell...

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