Although the slowed economy has many operators shuttering units, a handful of Southeastern chains are bucking that trend and taking advantage of the depressed market’s cheaper labor and real estate. Fatz Cafe, Tijuana Flats, Brixx Wood-Fired Pizza and Cheeseburger Bobby’s are among the chains still chasing ambitious growth plans even as such stalwarts as Shells Seafood, Bennigan’s and select Waffle House units shut branches. “The biggest thing we fight is consumer ...

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