Anchorage, Alaska, is taking on the image of restaurant boomtown as “Lower 48” brands push into the 49th state. Three major brands — Texas Roadhouse, Hard Rock Café and Krispy Kreme — are opening their first units in Alaska this year, debuting new stores in Anchorage, the state’s largest city. They follow on the heels of brands such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s Too, Dairy Queen, Pita Pit and Olive Garden. With a population of more than 292,000 and ...

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