So many high rollers chose to trade down or cut back during the recent recession that many fine dining operators struggled to stay afloat. But a pair of new studies—one that analyzes recent dining behavior, another that forecasts future dining activity—indicate the fine dining segment has come most of the way back and is likely stay healthy for the foreseeable future. Fine dining restaurants experienced double-digit declines during the recession, with the 2008-2009 period ...

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