Sign of the Times: Local, independent restaurants aren’t the only…

Local, independent restaurants aren't the only ones coming up with recession gimmicks these days: McCormick & Schmick's now sells uncooked menu items online to ship anywhere in the U.S.; Ruth's Chris is mailing out $25 gift certificates; Cold Stone Creamery will devote a huge chunk of retail space in some stores to sell chocolate, and Burger King will start selling T-shirts and...wait for's sleepwear in 2009. [USA Today] For more stories from Eater LA, go to

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