Although such leading chains as McDonald’s, Panera Bread, Starbucks and The Cheesecake Factory are reporting traffic increases for the first quarter of the year, the rest of the foodservice industry is still questioning whether consumers in general are about to step up their dining-out frequency. 
 While no one can answer that yet with any certainty, in the words of that iconic prognosticator The Magic Eight Ball: Signs point to yes. 
 Among the recent signs that the overall economy is ...

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