As retail centers brace for slower holiday traffic, so are theireatery tenants, says this WSJ article.Sure,what chains aren't suffering, restaurants or not? But one analyst,Oppenheimer & Co.'s Matthew DiFrisco points out something wehadn't fully considered: "They live off the flow of traffic goingto lifestyle centers and malls, and are trying to intercept youwhile you're out shopping."We had always thought thatshopping-center owners, especially mall landlords, signed tenantssuch as California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory and Kona Grillbecause they would bring traffic that wasn't already thereshopping.Either way, traffic is down everywhere, and consumers arespending less, so why would restaurants be any different? Or do yousee some silver lining for non fast-food chains?

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