U.S. equity markets have sizzled to record highs in recent weeks amid a bevy of positive economic activity, although there’s been one notable absence from the feast: restaurant stocks.

Large casual-dining chains in particular have taken a super-sized beating since the start of the year, as many of the sector’s most recognizable brands have seen their stock prices tumble by double digits. A handful of players even have sought bankruptcy protection, a trend that some analysts expect to gain steam…

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Restaurant stocks take a pounding as tastes shift. Here's how that affects the dining scene