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In Lean Times, Restaurants Barter for Trade Services

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BARTER GAINS GROUND
"As they struggle to keep customers and pay the monthly bills, restaurants are swapping food for services like oven-hood cleaning and pest control," according to the Wall Street Journal. "It's hardly a permanent fix for ailing restaurants, which still need cash to cover such expenses as rent, mortgages, taxes and utilities. But bartering is an especially useful tool for independent restaurants that, unlike some chains, lack access to corporate credit lines or cash."

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