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3 creative booze-fueled concepts


While the offer worked when it was first proposed, a decade’s worth of food and labor costs make it difficult, if not impossible, to make a profit, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Around the country, mom and pops—many of which served their communities for decades—are shutting their doors in record numbers.

A number of jurisdictions are embracing sidewalk dining and drinking as a safer near-term option—a view shared by consumers, according to new research.

The casual dining chain, which has been shrinking for years, has closed at least 150 locations, more than a third of the system, and many will not reopen.