The tectonic plates of consumer-dining preferences seem to be shifting underfoot now, so let's take a look at what's happening before a full-fledged earthquake erupts.
What's happening is that for the first time in many years, consumers are deploying fewer dollars to white-tablecloth restaurants. Instead, they're spending more for causal, quick-serve options and, in some cases, more on takeout offerings from supermarkets.
All of this is highly situational and dependent on very localized ...
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