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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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An ESG policy could land a company in trouble within these states

A new movement aims to counter "woke capitalism" by steering state support away from institutions that favor a commitment to ESG.


Michigan's restaurants get a 205-day reprieve on tip credit ruling

The judge who effectively killed the standard says employers and regulators need time to adjust to his decision.

Starting Aug. 5, restaurants can only use the tip credit for servers and bartenders making at least $135 a month in gratuities.

Local health officials noted that new data could still trigger the requirement, but not for at least a week.

The application process has opened for 1,000 establishments, with the gaming scheduled to begin Jan. 1.

Two-for-one deals and other promotional offers would drive up insurance costs while cutting into sales, local operators contend.

Occupancy rates are nearly back to 2019 levels, according to the report, but job and hiring levels still have room to go.

The National Restaurant Association has called on the Small Business Administration to distribute the aid immediately to restaurants whose aid applications were mothballed.

Working Lunch: Federal regulators could reverse the move, and the closing could spark more union drives.

A new assistance pool is intended to reassure baristas that pro-union activity won't cost them income.

Starbucks Workers United said the milestone vote came at a location in Cleveland, 11 months after the unionization effort began.

The cutbacks are part of the c-store giant's $21 billion acquisition of Speedway in 2021.

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