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Restaurants find creative ways to carve out seating space outdoors


John Culver, a 20-year veteran of the coffee giant, is leaving after the company opted to eliminate its chief operating officer function.

Abandoned structures are being torn down while patently illegal facilities field ultimatums from the city.

The Bottom Line: More than 9% of restaurants in the 20 largest franchise restaurant brands changed hands last year. But operators may have missed their chance at historically high valuations.

Google searches for Italian beef have nearly doubled since the Hulu series started streaming this summer and sales are booming at spots selling the iconic sandwich, both in its hometown and other cities.