11/19/2009

Kermit Austin has 212 eateries under his Original Restaurants umbrella, but he doesn't own any of them. Instead, Austin helps independent restaurateurs band together to provide the sort of customer-loyalty programs usually reserved for big chains. The Original Restaurants Rewards Card is now carried by 147,000 consumers in six cities, and Austin says the average member restaurant sees a 2% to 5% bump in sales.

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