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Ecco Lounge owner Sally Powell, standing, visits with customers Barb and Sid Belshe during lunchtime last week. The Belshes are regular diners at the restaurant and enjoy visiting with Powell, who tries to talk to each of her customers.

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Economy woes have curbed Mid-Missourians’ appetites for dining out

In an economy sluggishly trudging forward after a lackluster second quarter, the most grim consequences of the Great Recession may have faded from the minds of many people. For many restaurant owners whose business is dependent on consumers’ lack of frugality, however, the effects of the recession have had a noticeably long-lasting effect.

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