Lean Times Are Hard to Swallow by ProQuest


THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN is taking a bite out of the New Jersey restaurant industry, with experts predicting declining sales and bankruptcy filings at the beginning of next year. Mom-and-pop restaurants and small chains will be hit hardest in the downturn, since they have less control over their supply chain and pay higher average food prices than larger establishments, which tend to have more bargaining power, said Robert Angelone, chief economist at The Epicurus Institute, a Wall-based economics research organization.

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 Sharply falling home values,      here; other operations are housed out-of-state
 fading consumer confidence,                                                                                               THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN is taking a bite out of the New Jersey restaurant industry, with
 rising unemployment — the                                                                                                 experts predicting declining sales and bankruptcy filings at the beginning of next year. But
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 current fiscal crisis has given                                                                                                               some of the state’s restaurants are taking various measures — such as
 us everything but a name.                                                                                                  RESTAURANTS putting dining promotions and extra marketing on the menu — to stave
 History gave us Black
 Monday and the Great              THINK OF THE MASKS and gloves your dentist wears — or the towels,                       off the impact of the slowdown on their businesses.
 Depression — what should          wipes and dressings at any clinic — and you ha
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