WASHINGTON — Total U.S. restaurant industry sales will reach a record high of $632 billion this year, representing a 3.5% increase over 2011, and marking the second consecutive year that industry sales have topped $600 million, according to The National Restaurant Association’s 2012 Restaurant Industry Forecast, released Wednesday. “As our nation slowly recovers from the economic downturn, restaurants continue to be a vital part of American lifestyles and our ...

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