The national average price for a gallon of gasoline has climbed 11 cents in two weeks, and is 40 cents more compared with a year earlier, forcing consumers to brace for more pain at the pump. But restaurant brands are not yet feeling the effects. “The rise in [gas] prices has been gradual and almost part of expectations in today’s economy,” David Stidham, vice president of marketing for the 445-unit quick-service chain Culver’s, said. “We’re still not ...

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