Budgets, food costs taking toll on independents

Budgets, food costs taking toll on independents

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The business outlook for independent restaurants remains murky as operators struggle to compete against those with larger budgets, according to recently released data from two associations.

The NPD Group reports traffic at independent restaurants was down 2 percent in the second quarter, compared to major restaurant chains, where traffic stayed flat, and small chains, where traffic increased 2 percent.

“The independents have been hit harder in the long-lasting economic dow

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