For nearly three of the past five years, the restaurant industry and the U.S. economy in general have faced crippling economic pressures. Consumer spending stalled, operating costs rose and lending was locked down, making expansion more than difficult for foodservice players large and small. Despite all of this, restaurant growth chains can be found.Looking at the five-year growth rate of unit development among chains with more than 20 locations, market research firm Chain Store Guide has ...

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