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Peter Romeo

Editor at Large

Articles by
Peter Romeo

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Panera's higher purpose

On first blush, it’s like learning Warren Buffett has changed his name to Moonbeam and moved into a commune, one sweat lodge over from Donald Trump’s. Panera Bread, one of the restaurant industry’s biggest financial successes, the proof of free enterprise’s potential, the pin-up above the headboard of so many arch-capitalists, isn’t sold on the whole profit-motive thing.


Q&A with Ron Shaich

Ron Shaich opens up about his focus on Conscious Capitalism and how he has found success in the restaurant industry.

Recent developments of interest to restaurant franchisees and franchisors.

Recent developments of interest to franchisees and franchisors.

A roundup of developments affecting restaurant franchisees and franchisors.

A Murderer’s Row of industry dealmakers took the stage at the Restaurant Leadership Conference to air their widely different approaches to finding and profiting from restaurant acquisitions.

He took the stage like a victorious general and made it clear from the get-go that this would be no ordinary presentation. “I don’t do speeches anymore,” former McDonald’s USA CEO Ed Rensi barked to a packed ballroom at the Restaurant Leadership Conference. “I rant.”

Herman Cain still has a chance of becoming the Republican Party's candidate in the 2012 presidential race, the campaign dropout argued in a speech opening the Restaurant Leadership Conference.

Frustration with the federal government bubbled over during a session of the Restaurant Leadership Conference, with attendees angrily complaining to the chairman of the National Restaurant Association about the political process and the group’s role in it.

Restaurateurs have to fulfill a slew of professional roles, from accountant to marketer to motivational speaker, if they want to remain successful. This week’s crop of ideas shows why “psychiatrist” should often top the list. Consider, for instance, how one place contended with a crazy riff on the old dine-and-dash scam.

A roundup of developments affecting franchisees and franchisors.

A roundup of developments affecting franchisees and franchisors.

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