The fine-dining business has experienced many twists and turns over its long history, but never more so than in recent years as restaurateurs have been forced to shift gears and move in new directions. The survivors retain the segment’s great tradition of offering high-quality food served in a skillful manner, but they now tend to be less fussy and tradition-bound.From the heartland to New York City, where the average check at the 20 most expensive restaurants has risen 11.6 percent each ...

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