Atlanta restaurants seeing better days

A look at how operators in the city are faring after the recession

After more than two years of sluggish sales brought on by the recession, restaurateurs in Atlanta say business is beginning to improve and that they're optimistic about a rebound in 2011.

Operators in the city pointed to an increase in private parties and convention business, which they expect to continue as the holiday season nears. And while diners remain value-conscious, some restaurateurs reported that increased drink and appetizer orders are giving check averages a boost.

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