Bank of America and GE Capital are currently running TV commercials touting their lending partnerships with clients — Pink’s Hot Dogs and Wendy’s franchisee Bridgeman Foods, respectively — but ask most operators today whether they can easily secure a loan, and the answer will be no. Annual chain restaurant loan originations are still below 2008 levels, according to Restaurant Research LLC, a restaurant data analysis firm in Redding Ridge, Conn. Loan originations ...
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