From the moment the first enclosed malls began to make their appearance on the American retail landscape in the 1950s and 1960s, the food court has been an iconic retail presence—a fast-food-filled, cafeteria-style hub that provided a utilitarian refueling experience. For almost four decades, innovative, quality dining options were the exception rather than the rule when it came to retail developments.But just as enclosed malls have evolved into more engaging mixed-use town- and ...

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