Glori Ann Byrd, a married mother of two, has completely re-evaluated the way her family spends money in a slumping economy. In so doing, she and countless other Americans like her are provoking survival-minded restaurateurs everywhere to rethink their abiding focus on diners’ wants and needs.When Byrd’s Clarendon Hills, Ill., family took stock of its increasingly squeezed budget, one of the first items to be radically downsized was dining out, she says.The Byrds, however, weren’t affected by ...

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