During these tough economic times, when so many aspects of how consumers spend their limited dollars are largely outside of a restaurateur’s control, more brands are addressing the things they can influence: improving efficiencies, reducing startup costs and boosting returns on investment. Chains as varied as Marco’s Pizza, McAlister’s Deli and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers are examining ways to reduce everything from real estate to building costs through the introduction of new ...

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