Peter Romeo

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Peter Romeo

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California bans most restaurant service fees and other surcharges

The prohibition takes effect July 1. Delivery fees would still be allowed, and automatic gratuities tacked onto the tabs of large parties would also be permitted at least initially.


Friendly's is opening restaurants again

The 89-year-old family-dining chain has unveiled a new store in Orlando that gives a liberal nod to the brand's past while incorporating new touches like a bakery.

Reality Check: The state attorney general had refused to clarify the scope of the state's pending anti-junk-fee law. It's one more smack in the face to the trade.

Management at the daytime dining chain said it will focus instead on bringing back strong customer lures from the past.

The program's best went head to head for a weekend in Baltimore, with 96 teenaged teams vying for $200,000 in scholarships to continue their restaurant educations.

Restaurant Rewind: 'Tis the season to break out the sprinkles and split a few bananas. Join us as we look at the origins of ice cream and how it evolved to the sales-driver it is today.

Traffic slumped, but the family-dining stalwart offered a few aha moments in its recount of what happened.

Working Lunch: The Biden administration doesn't get that those aren't true "junk fees."

The state's nearly $400 billion budget also obliges restaurants and other employers to provide paid half-hour breaks for nursing mothers.

Reality Check: The FTC wants the business to change several longstanding operating conventions. Has it heard why that's a bad idea?

Items with high sugar content will need to be flagged, but only if they're exactly what's available in packaged retail form. The targets are beverages.

A Penn State study found that a queue of fellow customers is taken as proof a patron has chosen the right place to eat.

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