Small plates prove big deal for operators

Small plates prove big deal for operators

Innovative snack items let consumers create their own dining experience

Americans’ appetite for snacks is growing, and restaurants are responding with expanded selections of between-meal nibbles designed to bolster weak dayparts and coax business from diners not hungry enough for a full meal.

Nearly half of all consumers have a snack at least twice a day, according to a recent study by Chicago-based research firm Technomic. That number has nearly doubled since 2010, the restaurant consulting firm said. Likewise, more than one-third of consumers tol

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