Restaurant sales remain tough amid tight budgets - The Packer

Restaurant sales remain tough amid tight budgets

02/24/2012 11:17:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Many restaurants remain busy, said Mike Cochran, sales manager and vice president of Robert T. Cochran & Co. Inc.

“It depends where you go,” he said. 

“I called two places for a Saturday reservation, but you couldn’t get in. But I think there are a lot of white-tablecloth restaurants that are dying.”

New York’s many restaurants attract a loyal clientele, said Lucky Lee, vice president of sales for repacker Lucky’s Real Tomatoes.

“The significant thing about the restaurants in this area is if you hang on to your quality, the economy will rebound and the customers will be back. Though business may drop a bit, there will still be consistent business for a certain element of restaurants.”

Thomas Cignarella, president of Morris Okun Inc., said restaurant business varies.

“The ones I’ve been visiting are busy,” he said. “And they’re busy all the time.”

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