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Biography

Peter Romeo

Editor at Large

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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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Operations

Ingredients for today’s frog soup special

Reality Check: Keep an eye on these one-off government developments. They could be an issue in your market tomorrow.

Workforce

OSHA officially shelves Biden's employee vaccine mandate

The emergency requirement was technically downgraded into a proposed rule, meaning it still could be adopted, but only through the usual prolonged process.

A self-avowed perpetual entrepreneur, Restaurant Leader of the Year finalist David Overton relies heavily on personal preferences and his own tastes in running what's now a multi-billion-dollar company sporting a multitude of brands.

Reality Check: The National Restaurant Association is stepping up its efforts to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, citing a new opportunity. But it's far from a slam-dunk.

The group found that nearly half the nation's restaurants believe they won't survive the pandemic without direct financial aid from Washington.

A new publicity campaign highlights the efforts of selected operators to economically and socially support the communities they serve.

A scaled-down riff called Friendly's Cafe will fire up its kitchen next month.

Sweet & Sour: Nancy Kruse and Peter Romeo look at the oft-voiced theory that the pandemic has shifted the focus of restaurant customers and operators to the convenience of takeout and delivery. Neither one is buying it. Some axe throwing and a drink, anyone?

The onetime cult favorite has shrunk to five full-fledged restaurants and 128 stations in c-stores and supermarkets. The buyer, the distribution company Harbor Wholesale, intends to grow the brand.

Reality Check: Units aren't using the sophisticated tech that's been installed to alleviate GM's personnel burdens.

Three more stores in Buffalo, N.Y., will vote at the end of the month on union representation. In all, organizing activities are underway in about 25 stores.

Reality Check: Sure, complying with Biden's mandate would have cost time, money and aggravation. But might the alternative be even worse?

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