Sally Smith, who has served as president and chief executive of Buffalo Wild Wings for nearly 12 years, reports that 2008 is off to a strong start, despite an economic downturn wreaking havoc with the financial results of many other casual-dining chains. The 507-unit chain reported earnings for the first quarter ended March 30 rose 16 percent and same-store sales were up 4.1 percent at company-owned restaurants and 2.1 percent at franchised ones. Smith is even more ...

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