Mixed bag for casual chains in 4Q

BJ’s has strong sales while CPK and Cheesecake Factory suffer from weather

Fourth-quarter results for three large casual-dining chains showcased two separate tales — one of continued sales momentum for a mainly Southern California-based chain, and one of tough winter weather that hurt results of two national brands.

Despite the varying results, BJ’s Restaurants Inc., California Pizza Kitchen Inc., and The Cheesecake Factory Inc. each underscored improved sales results driven by stronger customer traffic, even as actual same-store sales results at

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