Peter Romeo

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Peter Romeo

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Is it R.I.P. for rapid-fire LTOs?

Two widely used customer attractions may be falling out of favor in the restaurant business.


Domino’s today, by the numbers

Changes in product, systems and technology have changed several key metrics for the industry’s second largest pizza chain.

Not all of the juiciest restaurant developments are reflected in the mainstream media’s headlines. Consider these tidbits, for instance.

Brick House signs first zee, Carl’s tries a sports theme, Krispy heads north, Hooters operator buys Fresh Juice. Plus, Dunkin' and Togo's square off in California, and Einstein Bros. tops the 3-0 mark in non-traditional sites for 2013.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill is pushing beyond casual dining’s staple two-for-$20 promotion with a limited-time tasting menu that raises the price for a party of two to $30.

Here are some of the enticing stories that could be read between the lines at this week’s Global Best Practices Conference.

The biggest story from Wednesday’s Global Best Practices Conference is the one that’s not often told, but could soon be. In the meantime, here’s a preview of the industry’s most powerful defense against detractors.

Developments of interest to restaurant franchisees and franchisors: Taco John, Sonic, Dick's Wings & Grill, Dunkin' Donuts, Russo's, Burger 21

Overlooked in the information torrent of the last week were tidbits relating to everything from the trend in birthday business to why some restaurant hourlies might prefer to say “Welcome to Wal-Mart!”

At a tech conference, you expect acronyms to drop like F-bombs at a Sopranos barbecue. POS, PCI, CMS—the presentations were an effing alphabet soup. But one all-caps tag was usually implied rather than said outright, even though it figured into considerable conversation at FSTEC.

After seeing what Starbucks’ management did last quarter, Washington may want to turn over its operations.

Chains are blaming all sorts of factors for the softness in sales last quarter, but there’s some agreement on how to counter it.

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