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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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Workforce

Colo. looks to expand overtime eligibility

A new proposal would mandate time-and-a-half pay for salaried employees earning less than $57,500 as of 2026.

Consumer Trends

‘Tidal wave’ of lawsuits target restaurant gift cards

Blind consumers say the cards are discriminatory because Braille versions aren’t available.

Forty-seven people have been sickened by yellowfin from a Vietnamese supplier.

The underperforming stores will be shuttered by the end of the year, the chain says.

Mike Burns joins the two-chain company as COO, and Douglas Kwong comes aboard to head marketing.

But the wage-hike plan from Lori Lightfoot would raise the city’s minimum pay to $15 an hour by July 2021.

Parent company HRI Holdings is simultaneously seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and a purchase by Tilman Fertitta's empire.

John Chidsey will succeed Trevor Haynes, who will become president of North American operations.

For the first six weeks of Q4, off-premise business has lifted comparable sales for company units by 7%, according to parent BBQ Holdings.

Labor advocates have amplified their accusations that the chain tolerates sexual mistreatment. They’re also calling again for the franchisor to be treated as a joint employer.

One Group says it will adopt some of what’s worked for its main concept, STK.

The transaction with Allegro Merger will once again make the granddaddy of the casual segment a public company.

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