Before a restaurant chain in turnaround mode can graduate to the stage where it resumes unit growth, several areas of the business must improve. But the leaders of two brands opening their first new locations in years — Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill and Boston Market — agree that investing in people matters most of all. Orlando, Fla.-based Smokey Bones is scheduled to open its 66th unit next spring in Bay Shore, N.Y., on Long Island, which will mark the brand’s first ...

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