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Peter Romeo

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Peter Romeo is director of digital content of the foodservice group of Winsight Media, with responsibility for the content of Restaurant Business and FoodService Director magazines, RestaurantBusinessOnline.com, and the Restaurant Leadership Conference. The multi-media job caps a 34-year career as a business journalist, including 28 years as a chain-restaurant specialist for such information channels as Nation’s Restaurant News, QSR magazine, and the website of the National Restaurant Association. Romeo’s columns during an earlier stint at Restaurant Business earned him two Jesse H. Neal Awards, business publishing’s equivalent of the Pulitzers. He graduated from New York University in 1979 with honors in history and journalism, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He resides in the New York City suburb of Port Washington with his wife, Holly Klokis; four rescued greyhounds; and four ne’er-do-well, slightly nervous cats.

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Financing

Earnings roundup: Chuy's, El Pollo Loco, Ruth's Chris, Good Times, Bad Daddy's

Smaller publicly owned chains had a more mixed Q1 and April than many of their larger counterparts.

Financing

Applebee's, IHOP to get smaller sister formats, more virtual brands

Parent Dine Brands Global intends to increase its development options by creating smaller prototypes and opening Flip'd units.

The $29 billion fund already has 186,200 applicants in just two days. About half the requests have come from operators believed to be most in need, the White House says.

Two-thirds of the chain's restaurants can't find enough workers to stay open all night, hurting its sales recovery in the process.

Industrial Workers of the World are repeating the organization approach that was successful with Burgerville.

The operators say graveyard sales barely cover the staffing cost. It's the latest indication of a shortage of workers hurting operations.

National Restaurant Association officials say the pool could run dry before many companies can get aid. And not every type of restaurant will even be considered for another 21 days.

The move coincides with an end of restrictions in New Jersey and Connecticut. A nightly curfew will continue until May 31.

Diners who buy food at participating locations can also get a free beverage between May 19 and June 1 if they show proof of inoculation.

How are restaurants finding workers? Here’s a roundup of ideas we’ve encountered in our reporting and solicited from readers.

The casual-dining operator says that labor is its biggest challenge, and it's already feeling pressure on profit margins.

Instead of following the pack, the CEO of Outback Steakhouse’s parent company made a contrarian decision the first week of the pandemic. Now his charge is enjoying the benefits.

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