With consumer confidence at a 16-year low, fewer families dining out and oil prices spiking above $130 a barrel, the time seems right for restaurant companies to retrench, not grow. But executives at such chains as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Bruegger’s Bagels, BJ’s Restaurants and Buffalo Wild Wings nonetheless view 2008 as a great time to roll out new restaurants. Compelled by the opportunity to take business from competitors and capitalize on more favorable leasing ...

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