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Despite tough market, restaurant investment continues

At Restaurant Finance & Development Conference, talk of big deals and tough times


The restaurant industry faces a lot of what finance people call “headwinds.” Same-store sales have deteriorated, the result of overbuilding, of low grocery prices or, according to some, rising health insurance costs. 

Labor costs are increasing at the same time. And food costs won’t stay low forever. No wonder restaurants are closing locations, firing CEOs and filing for bankruptcy protection.

And yet money is flowing into the industry like never b

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