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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. 

Marketing

If there's an LTO Hall of Fame, these items would be in it

Restaurant Rewind: Draws like pumpkin spice latte and the McRib weren't always the surefire hits they've become.

Operations

Here's where Indiana Jones should have looked for a Whopper

Restaurant Rewind: Here's how a mothballed Burger King was hidden for 13 years.

Restaurant Business Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze joins Editor-at-Large Peter Romeo in looking at how the Noid has snuck back into the pizza giant's headquarters.

The theft of intellectual property was so extreme that the matter went all the way to the Supreme Court.

Restaurant Rewind: Whew—we're not seeing another Herb The Nerd or a Soviet Fashion Show.

Restaurant Rewind: McDonald's get-tough policy on veteran franchisees has an historical precedent. And it didn't yield a kumbaya outcome.

Think inflation at the gasoline pumps is a four-alarm issue for the economy? Consider this fuel crisis of the not-so-distant past.

History shows deep pockets and past triumphs are no guarantee of conquering the peculiar world of foodservice. Here’s a look at past trainwrecks.

Restaurant Rewind: If restaurateurs think tragedies like the Uvalde attack are other institutions’ curse, their memories are too short. Here’s what they’re forgetting.

Restaurant Rewind: The investor knows how to bag his prey. Will this pursuit be as nasty as the last one?

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