LOS ANGELES —Casual dining may be in the “seventh inning” of its segment growth game, one analyst said, but West Coast operators remain in love with the category. The state of casual dining was a recurring theme at the 11th annual UCLA Extension California Restaurant Industry Conference here this month, which drew national and regional operators, including Rick Federico, chairman and chief executive of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. —Casual dining may be in the ...

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