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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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Leadership

Steve Layt succeeds Brad Blum as CEO of Brio, Bravo

Blum also resigned his post as chairman, but remains a co-owner of the polished-casual chains.

Financing

Bar Louie files for bankruptcy after closing 38 units

The pub chain says it has a stalking horse bidder and three other parties interested in an acquisition.

The two casual-dining giants accounted for eight of last week’s 10 most effective ads for full-service brands. On the QSR side, chicken and pizza spots dominated.

Places that maintain a no-cash policy will be subject to a $1,000 fine.

The city will join New Jersey, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, San Francisco and other jurisdictions in requiring restaurants to accept cash payments.

An alliance is asking the California Restaurant Association to drop its opposition to a ban on gas-fired equipment and collaborate on an all-electric future.

As of 2021, salaried employees earning less than $45,500 will be entitled to time and a half for hours exceeding 12 per day or 40 per week.

L Catterton will back the venture, which intends to gather growth concepts that are still influenced by their founders.

The new leader comes from the family entertainment business, with deep experience in theme parks.

Tom Sterrett succeeds Bill Van Epps in the top job for New England Authentic Eats.

A ranking of chain commercials by consumer engagement shows the game program delivered for its restaurant sponsors.

Expect lots of small changes, but there's no magic bullet on the horizon.

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