WASHINGTON — The U.S. restaurant industry added more than 8,300 locations between the third quarters of 2009 and 2010, marking the strongest period of growth since before the outset of the recession, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data by Bruce Grindy, chief economist for the National Restaurant Association. “Even during the extremely challenging business environment of the last few years, the eating and drinking place segment continued to add locations each ...

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