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Peter Romeo

Editor at Large

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Peter Romeo has covered the restaurant industry since 1984 for a variety of media. As Editor At Large for Restaurant Business, his current beats are government affairs, labor and family dining. He is also the publication's unofficial historian.  

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In a show of union strength, 21 Starbucks units opt on the same day to organize

Officials of Starbucks Workers United say the one-day record signals an acceleration of the union drive. Yet the assertion comes amid indications the movement may be losing momentum.

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When reports of a restaurant-Mafia connection were more than rumors

Restaurant Rewind: A once-celebrated New York City chef confirmed the rumors when he revealed his double life as a mob wise guy. Here's his story.

Working Lunch: A Congressional investigation is likely to throw sand into the well-oiled lobbying machinery of One Fair Wage.

An oversight committee is investigating whether the tax agency is allowing the union-backed restaurant adversary to file as a non-profit despite its lobbying.

Reality Check: A candidate for the state's open U.S. Senate seat would like to see a $50 pay floor nationwide.

A Keke's unit was opened for the first time outside of Florida, to encouraging results, the company said. It sports a new look and menu, as well as alcoholic beverages.

Restaurant Rewind: No, he’s not the person who started the awards program of the same name. Nor did he turn his home over to visiting chefs. The industry pioneer’s contributions are far more nuts-and-bolts.

The measure is the latest instance of lawmakers and consumers trying to bring more clarity on restaurant service fees.

Working Lunch: The proposal is part of what's emerging as a wave of bills aiming to curb franchisors' power. That alone makes it worth tracking.

Reality Check: This year's mother of all industry forecasts is packed with tidbits that are likely to surprise. Here are five we found in the National Restaurant Association's State of the Restaurant Industry report.

Backed by the deep-pocketed SEIU, the California Fast Food Workers Union aims to organize quick-service workers across brands. It will likely be the source of two members of the state's new wage-setting Fast Food Council.

The distributor said it saw a slight deflation in prices during the end of 2023, but foresees a "very slight" climb toward mid-year.

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