Employment growth fuels restaurant industry

Employment growth fuels restaurant industry

Lower gas prices driving growth is debatable, according to executives at ICR XChange

One thing is certain: recent employment growth has been a boon to the restaurant industry.  

“The No. 1 thing is jobs,” said Wyman Roberts, CEO of Brinker International Inc., which operates or franchises 1,622 restaurants under the Chili's Grill & Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy brands.

Denny’s CEO John Miller said workers rely on restaurants during the workday.  “People who are at work are not at home to prepare their own meals,” he said.

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