Restaurant visits are stalled at 2013 levels. Restaurant operators are still waiting for traffic to rebound, but at the moment year it remains at prerecession pace, according to the NPD Group. Through the year ending May 31, U.S. consumers made about 61 billion visits to restaurants, down nearly 1.3 billion and flat compared to a year earlier. NPD points to a number of challenges to growth: Visits to midscale/family dining and casual restaurants have been slipping since before the recession; ...

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