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Survey: Consumers expect to pay more for meals this year

For first time, AlixPartners study finds patrons anticipate increase

Consumers this year say they expect to pay more for their restaurant meals for the first time since consulting firm AlixPartners began surveying them in 2007.

Surveyed patrons anticipate spending 1.9 percent more per meal this year, increasing their average spend of $13.99 in the past 12 months to $14.25, according to the January survey by consulting firm AlixPartners LLC.

“That’s the first time it has been up,” said Adam Werner, managing director of

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