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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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Workforce

What’s all this to-do over unions?

Back in the day, restaurateurs didn’t have to worry about that sort of thing. Trouble is, we’re no longer back in the day, says RB's Reality Check.

Workforce

DOL plans to cut restaurants less slack on tip theft

The department said that it would penalize restaurants up to $1,000 for dipping into employees' tips, even if it was inadvertent.

But operators said in a Golden Gate Restaurant Association survey that the inoculation requirement has created few operational problems.

Darwin's said it will voluntarily accept collective bargaining by its employees if a majority favor union representation.

Jimmy John's vet Gregg Majewski intends to bulldoze what's been holding back the industry's largest collection of stir-fry concepts for decades.

West Hollywood's requirement will apply to employees as well as guests, and does not accept negative COVID tests as an alternative to vaccines.

The new rules will be aimed at protecting back of house workers when temperatures soar to extreme heights.

Quitting has soared to historic levels in recent months, and the exodus might have more to do with stress than pay, says RB's Reality Check.

The attorneys general of the participating states said in a blunt letter to the president that they would pursue every possible legal action to kill the plan.

Operators will soon be checking proof of inoculation in Seattle, most of upper Washington and two of Hawaii's islands. The state's most-visited island has also re-imposed capacity caps.

Labor experts believe the effort to organize the chain's employees in Buffalo is an example of a new type of activism that could spread to other operations large and small.

The coffee giant wants all 450 employees in its Buffalo, N.Y., market to have a say on whether they'll be represented by the Service Employees International Union. A yea vote would mark a milestone in organizing chain restaurants.

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