Casual dining shows signs of a turnaround

Casual dining shows signs of a turnaround

HOUSTON Joe’s Crab Shack plans to open several new stores in the coming months, breaking ranks with many other operators in the beleaguered casual-dining segment.

“We are very optimistic,” said Kevin Cottingim, senior vice president of human resources for the 113-unit, Houston-based chain. “We had a pretty good year compared to the industry.”

With operators such as Joe’s Crab Shack gearing up for more stores and raising their employment expectations,

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