Restaurant results improve, headwinds remain

While another batch of first-quarter results from public restaurant companies offered some signs of an industry turnaround, executives cautioned that obstacles remain on the road to recovery.

Improved guest traffic and sales trends were reported last week by P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc., Famous Dave's of America Inc., Ruth's Hospitality Inc. and Panera Bread Co., which followed similar results a week earlier from Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., McDonald's Corp. and Brinker International

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