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Out to Lunch

Midday meals and business deals are pairing up again.

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This story appears in the April 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Largely forgone in the lean years since the dotcom bust, the business lunch is making a comeback. The National Restaurant Association projects a record $476 billion in overall industry sales for 2005, a 4.9 percent increase over last year, and restaurateurs report more bustle and business-deal making during the lunch rush. Check out the report from the trenches of three business lunch hot spots.

Swifty's, New York City

Business Lunch Buzz: Business clientele have been frequenting this Upper East Side eatery more regularly, and business is up from past years, says co-owner Robert Caravaggi.

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