WASHINGTON — The U.S. restaurant industry added 2,600 new eating and drinking locations last year, according to a report from the National Restaurant Association, citing data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The increase was well off the industry's average annual gain of 11,000 new locations each year between 2002 and 2008, and many states, including Arizona, Minnesota, Kentucky, Michigan and Colorado actually lost restaurant locations. But given the depth of the recession last ...
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