This report is a bonus feature from the Nov. 12 issue of Nation’s Restaurant News, typically available to subscribers only. Subscribe today. For fine dining, the Great Recession underscored the fact that necessity is the mother of invention — or reinvention, as the case may be. Confronted with pervasive economic hardship and increasingly cost-conscious consumers, many fine-dining operators have downplayed their status, highlighting affordable luxuries like bar offerings ...
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