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Is the Recession Over for Restaurants?

Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail [email protected]

America's recession hit the restaurant industry hard, with elements such as reduced traffic, staff layoffs, lower ticket totals, more chefs making comfort food, and (the worst) closings acting as bellwethers for the economy as a whole.

Is it over?

In the Valley, many chefs and restaurateurs say, "Not yet," but that the landscape is changing. Here's what they had to say about how and in what ways the industry is adapting.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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