Casual-dining chains in for rocky 2012

Economic challenges for casual-dining chains will persist into 2012, according to a new report from Goldman Sachs securities analysts Michael Kelter and Chris Cerrone.

The two analysts said Darden Restaurants Inc. is the only company positioned to weather the slow recovery’s drag on consumer spending. Meanwhile, they said The Cheesecake Factory’s plans to reaccelerate growth in the face of several risk factors have prompted them to take a bearish position on the upscale-

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