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Is this the biggest restaurant jerk of all time?

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.

The restaurant industry has abounded in creeps, bullies, meanies and all-around jerks. But few rival Victor Posner, the onetime owner of Arby’s, as a candidate for the title of GOAT.

This week’s edition of the Restaurant Rewind retro podcast looks at the infamous corporate raider and his flamethrower management style. While he owned Arby’s, the brand rebounded in head-turning fashion. But it wasn’t because of the warm, supportive culture he cultivated for the chain and its sister brands.

Join host and Editor At Large Peter Romeo as he makes the case that the industry should regard itself as fortunate if it never sees another owner with Posner’s proclivities.

Download the episode and every installment of Restaurant Rewind wherever you get your podcasts.

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