Atlanta Diners Slowly Returning

January 31, 2011  |  

(AJC) — The Great Recession has hurt the restaurant industry on all levels — from hamburger chains to casual dining establishments to upscale, high-priced restaurants.  We’ve also seen the “casualization” of fine dining, with many upscale casual restaurants doing away with white tablecloths in order to present a less pricey look, says Kim McLynn of the NPD Group in New York, which studies the industry.  But while restaurant traffic and sales are still falling, NPD says, declines are becoming less steep.

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