Casual dining raises stakes at lunch

P.F. Chang’s, Olive Garden, Applebee’s aim to lure customers midday with quick, flexible lunch options

While the recession tried to eat the lunch of casual-dining restaurants’ afternoon daypart, major chains fought back by retooling lunch promotions and offering guests time and menu flexibility.

A new round of lunchroom wars has been launched.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro this week introduced its “more affordable” lunch program that offers more than 20 items in combos under $10, as well as a “pick two” Dim Sum Lunch at $7.45. Applebee’s also

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