Study: Fine-dining consumers favor independents

Despite a steep decline in sales during the economic downturn, a new study has found that fine-dining restaurants will remain popular with consumers as long as they continue to offer individuality, food quality and a more casual setting.

The study, called “The Changing Face of America’s Fine Diners,” by RestaurantRx Consulting LLC, based in Orlando, Fla., polled 1,600 fine-dining customers across the country last month. It found that about 81 percent of respondents sa

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