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Peter Romeo

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Peter Romeo

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Robert Irvine warns FSTEC, Automate or die

Chef and TV star Robert Irvine had a blunt message for restaurateurs attending the FSTEC conference: Embrace technology or risk flat-lining like one of the wrecks he tries to revive on his hit show, “Restaurant: Impossible.”

FS TEC asks, Who is this cool new tech dude?

Yesterday’s technology geek is today’s hottie of the senior management staff, a result of the prominent new role IT specialists are playing in restaurant headquarters today.

Gather ‘round, Millennials, and learn of a time when the rock ‘n’ roll you hear everywhere today, from baseball games to doctors’ waiting rooms, was perceived as a dire social threat.

Memories of 9/11 are fixed in the public consciousness, though the exact recollections seem to be a function of where and how someone witnessed the nightmare.

The co-founder of The Home Depot volunteered some home-maintenance advice after my phone went dead three times during an interview last week.

You may be surprised to learn the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has devoted a section of its website to preparing for a zombie apocalypse.

One of our colleagues is convinced he should cap off an outstanding publishing career by opening a restaurant with a partner he barely knows. We’re still planning the intervention, but at least his kids are safe.

People of a certain vintage tend to harbor special appreciation for star performers of an advanced age. I, of course, wouldn’t know about that, but I bet the coots in your business are all but jumping out of their spats after seeing the Methuselah of restaurant marketing make another comeback. Yes, McDonald’s Monopoly sweepstakes has been re-introduced this week for its 26st annual appearance.

For a political sideliner, Phil Kafarakis is playing a heavy role in the industry’s lobbying efforts.

This has been a week of jaw-dropping restaurant blunders. Consider, for instance, Wendy’s inadvertent lapse into pimp-speak during an otherwise routine promotion.

The restaurant business changed during the 20-plus years that Jean Birch logged at several major chains, but she seems to doubt that casual dining was paying full attention.

Forget Edward Snowden, the Syrian revolution, Egypt’s echo-revolution, or who’ll win “America’s Got Talent.” The big news last week for anyone in this business has to be the closing of Brennan’s.

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