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POSTED: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 9:39am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:25pm

Restaurants look for creative ways to cut cost and keep customers coming...

The original Campisi's Italian Restaurant in Dallas has survived tough times in the past.

But instead of raising prices, owner Corky Campisi expanded his menu hoping to attract new customers.

"A pork chop with spinach and a vegetable plate, fish, chicken nuggets for the kids," he says.

A new study by Intellaprice shows that nationally, the cost of dining out has gone up.

Dinner entrees have risen two percent while side dishes and desserts have jumped up almost ten percent.

Campisi's has managed to keep their prices steady, but to make a profit they've started weekday specials.

"And if I don't do the business on Tuesday night giving it away half price, I won't do it Wednesday and Thursday. You do your business on the weekends. I try to catch some days during the week," Campisi says.

He says it works since customers are looking for dining deals any day of the week.

"They'll order the special and a glass of water. That's it. I did the special. Maybe they'd order a pizza or a glass of wine, but like I said, people are conscious of what they're spending," says Campisi

Corky admits some food prices, like the cheese for his pizzas have come down.

That's helped his bottom line and helped keep customers coming back even when money is tight.

He says, "Just got to work together in it. Because we're all in this together now and if we don't watch out for each other now, gone."

So here's where prices have decreased

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