Economy forces upscale operators to rethink definition of finer dining

Economy forces upscale operators to rethink definition of finer dining

With the recession still gripping the country by its purse strings, luxury is out, value is in and fine dining is facing the daunting task of redefining itself.

Most fine-dining operators agree that the segment is not in jeopardy of disappearing entirely, but a shakeout is underway. Many fine-dining eateries are closing their doors, and those operators trying to stay viable have ramped up their efforts to casualize while still maintaining some of the upscale elements that make fine di

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