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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

Are these the weirdest concepts the restaurant industry has ever seen?

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

Leadership

John Y. Brown was famous for many reasons. One is spelled K-F-C.

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.

Restaurant Rewind: Once a dominant player in its segment, the family-dining chain sported some of the more memorable CEOs the restaurant industry has ever seen. Come see what we mean.

Restaurant Rewind: The lemon meringue pie helped, but it really was an early flash of price-cutting technology.

Restaurant Rewind: The coffee giant has explored a wide array of secondary businesses, only to refocus on its core operation.

Restaurant Rewind: Determining when patrons will balk at an increase is older than forks. Here are some of those past telling instances.

Restaurant Rewind: Allegations of personal use have grounded more than a few high flyers.

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