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The tough economy hasn't stopped local restaurateurs from opening new restaurants—dozens of high-profile fall projects are still en route—but the lull is having a significant impact in price points and perhaps more importantly, the ability to raise capital: "Despite [Nettie's owners] Yang and Leitner's pedigrees — she came from Spruce; he spent five years at Chez Panisse — they said it was difficult to raise money from investors. 'Definitely there were a couple of people I was hoping would invest and they said, 'Honestly, I can't right now. If this were a year ago, I would,'' Yang said. [BT]