Wait Times Down at Corporate Casual Dining Chains [crisis]

The global economic collapse continues apace: it's not just your local eateries that are hurting, but the big corporate restaurant chains are having a tough time, too! The Nation's Restaurant News reports that the amount of time customers waited prior to being seated is down in most chains:

To create the study, Wachovia analysts track the wait times at 300 locations nationwide on Friday nights each week. The chains followed include Applebee’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, The Cheesecake Factory, Chili’s, LongHorn Steakhouse, O’Charley’s, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, McCormick & Schmick’s, Red Robin, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Red Lobster, Ruby Tuesday and Texas Roadhouse.

For the fourth quarter, through Dec. 26, the average wait time for the 15 tracked brands was 14 minutes, down 3 minutes from a year ago, the survey found.

People actually wait 14 minutes to get a table at places like Ruby Tuesday and Applebee's?

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