Restaurants in nation’s oil patches note sales pressure

Restaurants in nation’s oil patches note sales pressure

From Alaska to Texas, chains begin to note softness

As domestic oil and gas producers continue to see prices decline, restaurant chains are noticing a sales downside to the lower pump prices that consumers embrace so warmly.

In the past week, casual-dining companies as varied as Brinker International Inc. and Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group Inc. mentioned the negative effect that low oil prices have on dining sales. Less affected have been limited-service concepts such as Sonic Corp., which noted pressure in isolated markets in Tex

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