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Positive news on the high-end front

From Nation’s Restaurant New’s Breaking News

High-end restaurant chains say business, travel spending up

August 3, 2010 | By Molly Gise, Lisa Jennings

The return of business travel and conventions is driving traffic at fine-dining chains, many of which have recently reported positive same-store sales after suffering from empty dining rooms during the recession.

While steakhouse chains including Morton’s, Ruth’s Chris and The Capital Grille have taken advantage of the increased spending among their core markets, the high-end seafood chain McCormick & Schmick’s says it has suffered from the Gulf oil spill, which has kept consumers away.

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Upscale chains are taking heavy hits

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From Nation’s Restaurant News’ Breaking news:


NEW YORK (Aug. 7, 2009) High-end restaurant results are hitting new lows as slowed consumer spending and continuing budget cuts by corporate clients eat away at earnings.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants Inc. and Morton’s Restaurant Group Inc. both said this week that lower traffic and resulting double-digit dips in same-store sales drove year-over-year declines in second quarter revenue and profit.

Though McCormick & Schmick’s of Portland, Ore., is known for seafood and Chicago-based Morton’s, for prime beef, the two high-end casual-dining operations shared some challenges in the latest quarter. Morton’s, operator of the Morton’s The Steakhouse chain, exhibited the greater struggle, however, as it reported this month a loss for the quarter and greater erosion in same-store sales. McCormick & Schmick’s was able to maintain a profit, albeit a much lower one than a year ago.


The results followed last week’s report from high-end operator Ruth’s Chris Hospitality Group, which also included double-digit declines in sales and profit. 


High-end seafood operator The Oceanaire Inc., which runs 12 locations of The Oceanaire Seafood Room, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early July and closed four locations. The sector has taken severe traffic hits not only from consumers that have tightened spending, but also from corporate clients that have cut back on travel and entertainment expenses.

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This shows the challenges that restaurants are struggling with in this tight economic times. As you can see from some of my posts, there are restaurants that are responding to the challenge. And Morton’s, Ruth’s Criss and McCormick and Schmick’s are a top-flight operators that will find ways to regain profitability. However, it’s important for both restaurant workers and patrons alike to realize that we aren’t in Kansas anymore, Toto.

It’s not quite as bad as this though:

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