CHICAGO — Despite continued economic uncertainty, 65% of U.S. restaurant diners expect to spend the same amount at restaurants in 2012, and 12% say they plan to spend more, according to the “2012 Dining Out Report,” released last week by Mintel here. “Overall, restaurant economic prospects for 2012 look positive,” Eric Giandelone, foodservice director at Mintel, said in a release. “In spite of the down economy, Mintel estimates that the U.S. restaurant ...

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