DALLAS Board members of the Distinguished Restaurants of North America, or DiRoNA, voted on Monday to broaden the group’s membership from white-tablecloth restaurants to notable independent casual-dining and even quick-service operators. The expansion is the first change in DiRoNA’s membership since the group’s founding in 1990, and comes as the fine-dining segment, historically the group’s focus, has suffered from economic pressures and the closures of many legendary restaurants.(SLIDE ...

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