Diners adjust to ‘new normal’ economics

Diners adjust to ‘new normal’ economics

Words From: Bret 
Thorn, senior food 

We recently got a phone call at Nation’s Restaurant News’ New York headquarters from a local newspaper reporter who wanted to interview one of us. He wanted to know why local restaurants seemed to be doing so well.

Members from the consumer press call us fairly often for insight into the restaurant business. I’ve had to tell them things like: “No, not all chain restaurants are categorized as ‘fast food,’” and, “Well, you can’t reall

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