A couple of weeks ago, I was reading a column on the online version of one of the Denver dailies about a local restaurateur who had decided to close his two upscale restaurants. The operator, who will remain nameless, complained bitterly in the column about the economy and how escalating food, energy and labor costs were forcing him to close his doors.Tsk-tsk, I thought, wondering how many more stories like this I was going to read and write in the coming months if the economy didn’t turn ...

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