Amid all the negative economic news—and there is a lot of it—some restaurant brands have been able to beat the odds, weathering the dramatic drop in consumer spending that has led to a slew of negative or barely positive same-store sales reports industrywide. Among the companies bucking the downward trend in same-store sales are burger behemoth Burger King, casual dining’s BJ’s Restaurants, fast-casual Chipotle Mexican Grill, Papa John’s Pizza and the IHOP chain, all of which ...

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