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Casual concepts preferred by Mother’s Day diners: Survey

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Despite casual dining’s continuing slump, diners look poised to flock to casual spots on Mother’s Day, which is typically regarded as the restaurant industry’s busiest day.

Sixty-nine percent of those planning to visit a restaurant on Sunday said they will patronize a casual eatery, according to a recent National Restaurant Association survey. Approximately one-fifth will choose a fine-dining spot, while 12 percent have their sights set on a buffet restaurant.

Seafood topped the list of cuisine types moms most wanted to order on Mother's Day, followed by ethnic options and steak, the survey showed.   

Thirty-five percent of Americans will visit a restaurant on Sunday, according to the NRA. 

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