2/14/2013 10:56:00 AM

Americans Love Fast-Casual Restaurants

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Some new stats emerge this week from Nation's Restaurant News about how frequently Americans eat out at fast-casual restaurants - a whopping 85% of Americans visit a fast casual joint at least once a month. That's a lot of burrito bowls. Check out these numbers:  "...the market research firm found that 85 percent of consumers surveyed said they eat at fast-casual restaurants at least once a month, and 82 percent reported visiting a traditional casual-dining brand once a month. The strength of traffic at traditional casual-dining restaurants resulted in part from customers trading down from upscale casual, the report found, as only 40 percent of respondents who recently patronized a casual-dining restaurant also visited an upscale eatery in the same time frame." [NRN via HuffPo]

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