Growth — it’s something the restaurant industry can’t seem to live with or live without. Speedy growth has often led to a boom-and-bust cycle for many chains; slow growth often leads to impatience on Wall Street or with other shareholders. The notion of expansion has always been exciting for restaurateurs. Starbucks’ chairman, president and chief executive Howard Schultz grew that brand from four stores in Seattle to nearly 19,000 coffeehouses around ...

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