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Beverage

Sober bars and zero-proof drink lists add buzz to alcohol-free socialization

More consumers want to abstain from alcohol at least some of the time, and operators are answering the call with booze-free cocktail selections that are just as buzz-worthy.

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Financing

Franchise brands push growth even as the market gets tougher

Margins are thinning and lending is tightening. But franchise brands continue to push growth, and many are finding success recruiting new operators.