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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. 

Operations

Restaurants rethink how long their business day should be

Restaurant Rewind: Dayparts are being varied as much as menus these days. The trend started 45 years ago with a brand called Le Peep.

Marketing

How Steak and Ale and Red Lobster invented casual dining

Restaurant Rewind: The graybeards are planning comebacks. Here’s how they changed the game 60 years ago.

The restaurant industry is entering a new year with more distance from the bleakest days of the crisis than the calendar might suggest.

Restaurant Rewind: Once upon a time, marketing started literally at the top, with a distinctive color and configuration to a concept's roof. Here's how that practice poses a challenge today.

Restaurant Rewind: A true Midwestern peculiarity, establishments that grew out of speakeasies and roadhouses are still going strong. Mix yourself an old fashioned and find out why.

Restaurant Rewind: At a time of rampant format development, it’s appropriate to consider the great misfires of the past.

Restaurant Rewind: Yes, Harland Sanders started the brand. But Brown made it a powerhouse.

One of Capitol Hill’s top officials was slicing meats and making salads before he went into politics. And the incoming speaker of the House says he hasn’t forgotten that formative experience.

Restaurant Rewind: 32 years ago, the industry shot itself in the foot by supporting a legislative action that did little but tarnish the business.  Here’s the cautionary tale.

Restaurant Rewind: Victor Posner set a new depth in restaurant leadership, though he’s certainly had ample competition. Here’s how he earned his dubious distinction.

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