When gasoline prices began a nearly month-long rally in February, rising for 20 straight trading days and surpassing $4 per gallon in many markets, a sense of “here we go again” settled over consumers and operators who recalled 2008, a year dominated by a deep recession and sky-high fuel prices that took their toll on restaurant traffic and spending. But that was then and this is now, and experts say that both consumer attitudes and the environment are likely to make this time ...
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