Peter Romeo

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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,, 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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New CDC report deems dining out a significant COVID-19 risk

The assessment applies to both indoor and outdoor dining, and calls for measures to offset the inability of diners to wear masks while eating.


Chicago asks residents for ideas on extending outdoor dining through the winter months

The city is holding a $5,000 contest to spur unorthodox thinking.

The moves are part of a recent spate of new government actions aimed at restaurant guests, employees and operators.

California has suspended dine-in service across the state, and other jurisdictions, such as Texas, say they may have to take the same route to temper the surge.

The Federal Trade Commission warns that con artists and consumer collaborators are presenting bogus passes.

The actions are the latest indications that many areas now believe they were too quick to ease social-distancing requirements and other safeguards.

New research suggests customers are relying on government officials to give them the go-ahead for dining out amid the pandemic.

Restaurants are establishing new responsibilities as dining rooms reopen.

The rules or recommendations for resuming dine-in service vary widely from state to state, if they exist at all. Here's a sampling, along with some of the few near-constants.

With dining rooms set to reopen in both states Monday, operators have been given new protocols for operating safely.

Most states are still drafting the guidelines, but a few hints have emerged.

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