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Restaurants not jolly about Christmas weekend

From Nation’s Restaurant news:

Restaurants not jolly about Christmas weekend

Many operators fear lost sales because of the holiday’s timing

December 3, 2010

by Bret Thorn

Ben Benson didn’t need to look at a calendar to know Christmas 2010 was going to be on a Saturday. Everything seemed to go wrong this year. The economic recovery didn’t happen, the hot New York summer kept him from getting much use of his patio. Why would he expect Christmas to fall on any day of the week but the worst one?

“For the first time in 28 years, we’ll be open on Christmas and New Year’s,” said the owner of Ben Benson’s Steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan.

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And yes, my restaurant will be open on Christmas and New Year’s Day.
This is probably bad news for Chinese restaurants as well as they’ll have some serious competition for a change.

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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http://www.nrn.com/article/high-end-restaurant-chains-say-business-travel-spending?ad=news