Editor’s Letter A Blurring Of The Line Between Chains & Indies I n recent months, there’s been some heated discussions in this column over the growing friction between chain and independent restaurants. Much of the discussion was fueled by Washington, D.C. chef/restaurateur Bob Kinkead, who heads the Council of Independent Restaurants of America (CIRA). Kinkead’s argument, made on behalf of CIRA, is that the large, mid- to upper-scale chains are running independent restaurants out of ...

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