Like its legendary hot mustard, Philippe the Original's success this year in the face of an economic downturn that has cut sales at most other restaurants brings tears of joy to its owners. “It gets pretty busy,” said Richard Binder, a third-generation member of the family that owns and operates the restaurant, whose sales were up about 20 percent in 2009. “It makes our banker happy.” Year founded: 1908 Founder: Philippe Mathieu Known for: French-dipped ...

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