Technically, this past year was the first one to follow on the heels of the Great Recession, but many Americans didn’t feel as though they left the downturn back in 2009. While the nation’s economy grew slightly in 2010, the national unemployment rate remained stuck near 10 percent.
 In the restaurant space, similar contradictions made for an analogously uneven recovery. Low levels of consumer confidence stressed the discretionary spending on which restaurants depend, but ...

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