Food: Dinner's on The Drawing Board

Ambitious pilot restaurants test new themes for the chains of the future

The continuing success of chain restaurants inspires ever new concepts for the gastronomic future. But what kind of chains do today's customers want? That depends not only on what they like to eat but also on how they like to live. Which of the following will be for you?

If you cherish the voice with the have-a-nice-day smile and sunny, all's-right-with-the-world interiors, and if you can spend only about $4 to $9 for a nice sit-down family lunch or dinner, Allie's may be the chain to watch for. With the Marriott Corp. about to roll out 445 across the country and...

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