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Why optimism is up among restaurant operators


On First Bite, we've talked a lot about last week's National Restaurant Association Show: the new technology we saw, the plant-based menu items, the buzz about labor. But what we haven't talked about much yet are the audience of the show itself: the operators.

Editorial director Sam Oches and managing editor Leigh Anne Zinsmeister spent their time in Chicago meeting with restaurant operators and executives to find out what's on their mind these days, now that the pandemic is mostly behind us. Last year's fears about inflation, the supply chain and workforce have mostly dissipated and been replaced with excitement about what lies ahead. 

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