Suddenly, The U.S. Is Everybody's Oyster

At dusk, along Miami Beach's steamy oceanfront, a crew of multilingual waiters routinely scouts for foreign tourists to fill seats at a restaurant named A Fish Called Avalon. When maitre d' Jack Donahue hears a group of tourists speaking German, a waiter moves in to translate the day's menu. It's a fruitful endeavor. "In the past month, business has been up 300% because of the internationals," says Donahue. "That has really helped our morale and changed our attitude."

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