There won’t be any new restaurants in New Albany this week.

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Those of us in the biz know the struggle is real, and has been for quite a while.

We’ve just lived through the greatest period of restaurant growth in U.S. history. Here’s why it’s ending, by Laura Reiley (Washington Post)

A new book explains the sudden death of the golden age of dining out in America

We’ve just been through America’s belle epoque of restaurants.

What’s more, the party is over and most of us are blithely unaware. The restaurant industry is frequently the precursor for a market correction, an early harbinger of a bear market or even a recession to come. And some experts are saying that an unfortunate confluence of factors — oversaturated restaurant markets, rising labor and food costs, weak sales, changing consumer tastes and loyalties, a shrinking middle class, declines in mall traffic, bank and investor skittishness about returns on investments — means the near future looks bleak.

This is the thesis of “Burn the Ice: The American Culinary Revolution and Its End,” a new book by James Beard Award-winning food journalist Kevin Alexander …

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