Bakery-cafes, stung in the past year by steep wheat commodity inflation, are finding silver linings in the economic clouds as they regain their footing and broaden their appeal to regular and new customers who increasingly are trading down from full-service restaurants. Such chains as Panera Bread, Au Bon Pain, Atlanta Bread and Corner Bakery Cafe are enacting strategies to increase their hot-food choices, promote seasonal limited-time offers and expand catering services, ...

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