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

How popular diets have rewritten restaurant menus

Restaurant Rewind: Chances are the weight-loss schemes currently in vogue won't come close to having the influence one fad had 25 years ago.

Leadership

Long before diversity became an industry goal, these women were delivering it

Restaurant Rewind: Without them, we might not have the McDonald's, In-N-Out and Marriott that we do today.

Reality Check: Watch out for the extremely naughty in M&A activity. In fact, make a list and check it at least twice.

Restaurant Rewind: The home of the Golden Arches has looked at ventures ranging from a piano lounge to a Disneyland-like theme park. Why is it still a single-brand operation, CosMc's aside?

Restaurant Rewind: Some of the most successful chains in the restaurant business have forgone huge increases in business by refusing to make a particular change. Here’s a sampling of the brands that have held firm.

Restaurant Rewind: Like any industry, the business has its own jargon. In this week's episode, we look at the origin of terms that are likely to be heard in kitchens today.

Restaurant Rewind: Deep-frying a whole bird is no longer a novelty. But the alternative prep method was largely unknown until recent decades. Here's how the process evolved from crazy notion to viable option.

Restaurant Rewind: If the offer proves more or less enticing than anticipated, chaos can follow. Here are some prime examples from the industry’s past.

Restaurant Rewind: The 1,500-seat, $30 million-a-year landmark may have been the restaurant industry’s greatest value story.

Restaurant Rewind: The concept persisted in the fierce New York City market for 63 years, not disappearing there until 2020.

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