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Biography

Peter Romeo

Editor at Large

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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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Is California set to mandate vaccines for restaurant guests?

Indications are mounting that the answer is yes, though no proposal has been formally introduced. Speculation abounds as to when it would happen.

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Chicago expedites restaurant permitting to get darkened sites back into use

Under the pilot program, restaurants converted from a pre-existing dining establishment can use the safety approvals granted to the concepts they replace. The shift is expected to cut two weeks out of the opening process.

A survey of about 5,300 small businesses reveals that the delta strain of coronavirus has landlords waiting and operators worried.

Restaurant employees will also be required to wear a face covering. The mandate applies to residents and visitors despite their vaccination status.

Independents had an easier time getting staff and federal relief, according to new data from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Colectivo Coffee's 440 employees will now be represented by local affiliates of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also intends to use federal funds to pay for employee raises and childcare.

Industry officials say the surge in COVID infections from the delta strain of coronavirus is already dampening traffic and raising the industry's vulnerability.

The hottest growth concepts feature inexpensive and focused menus and a lot of salads, bowls and bubble tea.

New research shows that a decision to take or leave a restaurant job can hinge on often overlooked aspects of a worker's life.

The agency says lax enforcement of current prohibitions is contributing to a rash of unruly passenger behavior during flights.

Groups such as One Fair Wage intend to ask the state's first female governor, Kathy Hochul, to close the gender wage gap by disallowing the concession for restaurants.

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