Families just aren’t eating out that much. The number of groups with children visiting restaurants fell 5 percent over the last year, and it’s not because parents have suddenly tired of whisper-shouting and giving the evil eye to kids misbehaving in the booth.
To attract families back to the booth, restaurants like P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and The Cheesecake Factory have introduced kids’ menus, and chains like IHOP and Denny’s have rolled out healthier items for kids, including yogurts and salads. (IHOP, btw, has a “free dinner for kids” promotion right now.) Read “Restaurants Look Beyond Chicken Fingers” in the WSJ.