Rising commodity costs and still-skittish consumers have put restaurant operators between a rock and a hard place as they consider raising menu prices, but the need to protect margins is leading to some creative solutions. From abolishing buy-one-get-one-free deals to introducing new, higher-priced menu items and boosting prices in small doses, operators are finding ways to spare their bottom lines without alienating customers. San Diego-based Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., which operates ...
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