Below are four non-recession reasons why my family now visits casual-dining restaurants about half as often as it did only three years ago.‚Ä© Our circumstances have changed. The children are getting older, meaning the oldest is off to a good four-year university next month — and that has affected our thinking about discretionary spending for many months now, as have high gasoline prices.‚Ä© The parents are getting older, with smaller appetites and less affinity for on-premise alcoholic ...

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