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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

Nate Appleman, former kitchen tinkerer for Chipotle, gets a new job

He was named COO of Umami Burger. At the same time, parent SBE named John Polizzi VP of ops for Umami’s division, Disruptive Restaurant Group.

Emerging Brands

Don Pablo’s, Farrell’s call it quits

The once-promising chains have shuttered their last units.

At the six-month mark, critical forces have clearly emerged. Here’s a sampling.

Whether blue or red in 2020, they’re against extending menu labeling.

The NRAEF, the educational arm of the National Restaurant Association, has promoted its leader, citing his contributions to growing programs such as ProStart.

Two “green” stores slated for Canada will feature wood-fiber cup lids that need no straw, along with wooden utensils.

The casual chain is testing the Midwestern chain’s pies as a draw for more delivery sales.

Scott Colosi departed before his retirement was even announced. Founder Kent Taylor will assume Colosi’s duties.

The Darden Restaurants holding is still a no-go on small-order delivery, but its catering program is moving within reach of couples.

The 10 items about to be tested are intended to bolster both on-premise and delivery sales.

Big operations are ensuring it’s not for everyone, no matter how much everyone might want it, says RB's Reality Check.

Vintage Capital said it will call a special meeting of shareholders unless the board acts within 10 days.