As Hurricane Gustav churned toward the Texas Gulf Coast in August, Joseph V. Tortorice Jr. wasn’t sure whether it would hit his hometown of Beaumont, Texas. He was certain, however, that he was staying put. In his 59 years, Tortorice, founder and president of the 195-unit fast-casual Jason’s Deli chain, has seen more than his fair share of violent storms, and he knows the rhythm of such adventures: residents flee or batten down the hatches; the tempest visits, vandalizes and ...

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