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With sales (and prices) on the rise, the chain is turning its attention to traffic by promoting a $10.99 meal deal.

But nearly 4 of 10 still couldn't afford to pay their landlords in full, according to a survey. And the struggle got harder for minority-owned small businesses.

A Deeper Dive: David Bloom, chief development officer for Capriotti’s and Wing Zone, discusses the chains’ recent combination, franchising and food costs.

Inflation is driving up the cost of operating a restaurant, making efficiency more important than ever. So chains are shrinking the size of their restaurants and reorganizing their kitchens.