Casual Dining in 2013 continued to endure its share of sluggish growth in an extended hangover from the recession. Total U.S. systemwide sales for the 26 Casual-Dining chains in this year’s survey rose an anemic 2.3 percent, to $37 billion from $36.2 billion in the Preceding Year. “It was not a particularly good year,” said Malcolm M. Knapp, president of New York-based Malcolm M. Knapp Inc. and publisher of the Knapp-Track report on casual-theme and dinner-house segment ...

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