Dinnerhouses seek positives despite negative economy

Dinnerhouses seek positives despite negative economy

The dark economic cloud hanging over the casual-dining segment has become so dismal that even its silver lining appears a tad tarnished. But operators and investors nonetheless say they see rays of hope.

Even as continued layoffs and store closures move the segment closer to a pitched Darwinian battle for survival, some savvy casual players are focusing on the opportunities provided by lower commodity and food costs, easier recruiting and retention of talented management, and reduced

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