Randy Schoch, founder of Desert Island Restaurants LLC in Scottsdale, Ariz., has been dealing with slowing sales among his restaurants in Arizona, Colorado and Utah for months now as cash-strapped consumers dine out less frequently. But the downturn didn’t seem to affect business at his Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Romano’s Macaroni Grill franchises in Hawaii until mid-September. In Anchorage, Alaska, restaurateur Robert McCormick says his two restaurants have shown no ...

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