Consumer >> Analyst Interviews >> March 23, 2009

Outlook For Restaurants – Steve West – Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.

Steve West is a Vice President and Equity Analyst with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. He joined Stifel in 2007 as the Restaurant analyst. Before joining Stifel Nicolaus, he was the restaurant and food distribution analyst for A.G. Edwards. He was also a financial analyst for Procter & Gamble, and prior to that served as a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy and his Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in Finance, from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. Profile
TWST: In this economy, what is going on with the restaurants?

Mr. West: It's the same old story we've been seeing since 2006. Restaurants are

getting hurt, of course, but it's really a black