NRN senior food editor Bret Thorn says he’s unsure if casual-dining chains’ fixes are enough to jumpstart the segment. Nancy, the casual-dining segment is in trouble. The numbers speak for themselves. Traffic and same-store sales are down at many stalwarts like Olive Garden, Applebee’s and Red Lobster. There are a number of reasons for the decline, apart from the general economic malaise and the lousy winter that kept potential guests at home. The comparatively nimble ...

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