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Restaurants weather recession

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -  Despite recent restaurant closures, chamber of commerce leaders in Valdosta say the restaurant business are hanging in there in this recession.

Businesses including Locos, Hibachi Grill, Shoney's, and Hooters have closed in the last few months in Valdosta but some other chains have come into town like Cheddar's.

In 2009 there were 84 food service permits issued throughout the county and in 2010 there were 57.

"We have the benefit of the military base here a regional university a health facility and interstate that our economy has faired pretty well and overall the restaurant business is doing well in Valdosta and Lowndes County," said Ron Borders, a chamber of commerce leader and businessman.

And this year there have been nine food service permits issued.

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