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2016 top independent restaurants in Calif.

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In this year's American Customer Satisfaction Index, the Atlanta-based chicken chain remains the top-ranked limited-service chain. But its score declined.

The Bottom Line: The food-and-games concept Chicago WhirlyBall filed for bankruptcy last week as companies like Dave & Buster’s and TopGolf show sales weakness.

River Subs LLC, a large operator out of San Antonio is seeking Chapter 11 debt protection after losing a nearly $3 million judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit.

The drive-in chain is a longtime beverage destination, but the category has gotten increasingly competitive with new players and expanded drink selections on menus.