Americans expect to maintain their dining out frequency in the next 12 months, but plan to spend about 20% less than they did this year, according to a new poll from AlixPartners LLP. "Folks are starting to return to the restaurant industry slightly, but they're looking for lower prices," said Adam Werner, a director in AlixPartners' food service practice. This year, casual eateries such as Applebee's and Chili's Grill & Bar have instituted high-profile menu deals to attract belt-tightening consumers.

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