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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

Subway veers from the trend of following a blockbuster ad campaign with a dud

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

Operations

Hey, McDonald's, your approach has been tried before

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?

Restaurant Rewind: The opening was hailed as a contributor to the thawing of relations between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. It also introduced many Russians to the concept of smiling.

Restaurant Rewind: Dutch Bros’ stock price dropped 37% in a day last week. It’s far from the only public restaurant chain to go from an investor darling to a source of Wall Street consternation in one trading day. This week’s edition looks at two other examples.

Restaurant Rewind: The burger giants once swelled their portfolios to include everything from pasta concepts to burrito chains. Here's why they ultimately pared back down to burgers.

Restaurant Rewind gets the inside scoop from one of the bovines that made it happen.

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