So far the largest quick-service chains have been able to fend off the one-two punch of depressed consumer spending and rising costs by rolling out value deals to spark traffic and relying on mostly franchised business models to insulate themselves from food and labor cost increases.But will that formula work if the economy gets even worse? Most quick-service operators and analysts answer with a resounding yes.In a report that downgraded the entire restaurant sector largely because of a ...

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