From Orlando to Los Angeles and in between, shopping centerowners have realized that fine dining has progressed from a tacticto keep shoppers from leaving to a draw in itself.

"It's been a shift in leasing. Ten years ago, when you thoughtof mall dining, you'd think of the food court or Chili's. Now,they're positioning it as an anchor tenant," said Kathy Anderson, aPhoenix-based tourism consultant for General Growth Properties,Chicago. Anderson will lead a roundtable discussion on CulinaryTourism at the International Council of Shopping Centers' FallConference in Chicago later this month.

According to the National Restaurant Association, more thantwo-thirds of table-service restaurants report that visitors areimportant to their business. At fine-dining establishments,approximately 40 percent of revenues come from tourists, theassociation says.

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