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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

Calif.’s wage hikes prove an uneven burden, study finds

Chains have had an easier time adjusting, while full-service independents, particularly in low-income areas, suffer the biggest wallop.

Operations

Schlotzsky’s aims to complete chainwide redo in months

Overhauled units have seen sales rise an average of 9%, according to its president.

Chip Wade, a longtime ops specialist for Darden Restaurants, will take the job next month.

The sushi ingredient has been linked to illnesses in seven states.

The industry veteran will oversee franchise operations for the taco concept.

The industry would likely be better off with a dead horse than this dark one. But it's the sort of loser operators could get if they sit on the sidelines.

Two solar farms are currently feeding the restaurants, with six more due to come online.

The new executives, both promoted from within, will aid in the family chain’s expansion, headquarters said.

A survey of employers and employees also shows widespread elimination of jobs and cutbacks in hours.

The chain will test new technology to streamline a.m. service, part of a larger push to provide more convenience and higher-quality items.

But federal officials say they are still unable to identify the source restaurants, supermarkets or suppliers.

A local trade group is pushing for concessions to protect brick-and-mortar establishments and their customers.