The challenges of rising commodity costs, paired with an improving consumer environment, are together giving restaurant operators some needed justification to raise menu prices. In the recent round of fourth-quarter earnings reports, many companies indicated their plans for price increases in 2011, from a small 0.5-percent uptick to a 6-percent hike. It would be some of the first significant moves to take price after many operations have held prices steady through the recession, fearing ...
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