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Upscaling or Downscaling?

Meredith "Nostradamus" Brody surveys the chain restaurant scene to suggest that upscale restaurants are on their way out too: "But as restaurant chains in the 'casual dining' category, one step above fast food, go under, with more to come, can the fine-dining sector be far behind? They're being similarly 'squeezed in all directions' ... gather ye foie gras and panna cotta while ye may." Of course, this theory contrasts, um, directly with Josh Sens' observation that a polarized climate is actually embracing "gigantasaurus restaurants." Discuss. [SFW]