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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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Peter Romeo

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Marketing

Red Robin’s Q2 traffic falls 6.4% as bargains are downplayed

Management is focusing on higher-priced menu options to help margins while aiming to please value-hunters with improved operations.

Workforce

Union power leans on presidential hopefuls to force collective bargaining

The SEIU wants McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King to be summoned to the negotiating table.

The authorities say the hotel kitchen worker was upset about employment “issues.”

Beto Guajardo brings deep strategic-planning and international experience to the post.

Here's what's simmering while the industry is busy summering.

Shake Shack might’ve just played disruptor for everyone. And that’s not the only change remaking the fast-growth sector.

An organization of security and loss-prevention experts offers recommendations for how to better protect customers, employees and the business.

The casual-dining veteran is responsible for growing the regional brand and its sister concept.

New Jersey stiffens penalties for employers, new overtime rules are percolating on several fronts, New Mexico operators fight paid sick leave in controversial fashion and Washington keeps up the pressure on anti-poaching policies.

She will exit the presidency this fall for a corporate job.

Size didn't seem to matter for this mixed bag of operators during their most recent quarters. Labor and traffic proved as much of a challenge for them as it did for chains of scale.

The commissions paid by liquor-licensed restaurants would not be permitted to exceed 10%.

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