In such a labor-intensive industry as foodservice, the decision to lay off employees is always a tough one. Or at least, that’s what human resources professionals and company spokespeople have told me for the past few months as we’ve reported their corporate cutbacks. Some cuts were pretty steep: nearly 600 for Starbucks Coffee Co., when you include 380 unfilled positions that were eliminated, and 1,500 for Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon with that chain’s recent closure of 26 ...

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