1st-Q results earn industry’s optimism

1st-Q results earn industry’s optimism

NEW YORK —First-quarter earnings season started with a bang, as better-than-expected results from casual-dining companies helped offset weaker quick-service performance and spark optimism about the restaurant industry’s overall prospects.

Corporate cost controls, slowed unit development and shifts to lower-cost menu items, such as mini sandwiches or smaller plates, helped such casual-dining companies as Brinker

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