Ed Doherty is the founder and president of Doherty Enterprises Inc. of Allendale, N.J. The company operates 57 Applebee’s franchised units in Long Island and northern and central New Jersey, as well as 20 Panera Bread bakery-cafes on Long Island, three Chevys Fresh Mex units, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub, and soon El Pollo Loco in North Bergen, N.J. How does this downturn compare with others you’ve experienced?It is the most difficult one I’ve experienced since 1993. ...

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