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Dining Out Is In as Tax Cuts Lift Darden, Texas Roadhouse Sales

Americans are back to eating out at Cheesecake Factory Inc. and Texas Roadhouse Inc., putting the restaurant industry on track for its best showing in more than three years as the recovery broadens.

Sales at full-service eateries, where customers pay after a meal rather than before, will rise 0.7 percent in 2011 after adjusting for inflation, the first year-over-year increase since 2007, according to a National Restaurant Association forecast by Malcolm Knapp, a New York-based consultant who has monitored the industry since 1970.