The Red Door in Chicago sells 3 tamales for the latenight crowd

The Red Door in Chicago sells $3 tamales for the late-night crowd.

Time to break out of the daypart box?

Restaurant guests want to eat or drink at their convenience, not yours.

Focusing on the conventional breakfast, lunch and dinner dayparts may have made sense in the past, but plenty of evidence suggests that restaurant customers crave more flexibility than those schedules permit. The number of people who sit down for breakfast, lunch and dinner at approximately the same time each day is dwindling, and savvy restaurant operators are working out how to serve them better.

Snacking, as our collective waistlines indicate, has become a national pastime. M

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