It took a nonfiction best seller and Hollywood’s Oscar-nominated adaptation to establish “perfect storm” in the popular lexicon as a handy metaphor for rare convergences of fateful factors.Though few restaurant operators may see themselves in George Clooney-like roles steering their enterprises through business-bashing torrents and unforgiving economic seas, a touch of perfect-storm imagery nonetheless provides an apt backdrop for examining the improbable multiplicity of forces now ...

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