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. 

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Good thing Paul McCartney didn't live to see these restaurant tales take hold

Restaurant Rewind: The industry has dealt with its share of ridiculous myths over the years. Here's a look at some of the outrageous lies that were eventually swatted down.

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Think we're seeing deep discounts today? Here's when the price shifts really hit the fan

Restaurant Rewind: Even all these years later, the semi-permanent bargains that Taco Bell and McDonald's embraced in the '80s and '90s still astound.

Restaurant Rewind: President Nixon figured he could put a rein on soaring prices and wages with a stroke of his pen. There's a reason it was dubbed the Nixon Shock.

Restaurant Rewind: Recent tragedies once again underscore how wearing the lifestyle can be. From time to time, the industry has awakened to that reality. Maybe this is one of those times.

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.

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.

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