Up for the challenge

Up for the challenge

As domestic economic and competitive pressures grow, the casual-dining segment continues to face many challenges, and increasingly determined operators are rising to meet them.

Just as the past few years have been no cakewalk for casual-dining operators, so far 2008 looks stormy as well. As the times get tougher and talk of recession gets louder, operators are girding for a long haul of belt tightening even as they look for new avenues of growth.

Throughout the segment, operators

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