YUKON GOLD: For years, Alaska might as well have been on another planet, so far off the radar of the big national restaurant chains that those in the Lower 48 routinely visit. Now, restaurants are rushing in.
HUNGRY AUDIENCE: When Olive Garden opened, people stood in line in the bitter winter to get a table. Buffalo Wild Wings is in the city. Next year, Anchorage will get its first Texas Roadhouse, a Hard Rock Cafe and Krispy Kreme doughnut shops.
WHERE THERE'S MONEY: At $72,813, Anchorage has the second-highest median income in the U.S., only lagging behind Honolulu's median income of $87,934, according to economic development official Bill Popp. He cited 2011 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.