Admit it. You thought the recession was causing restaurants to drop like flies all through 2009. But market research firm NPD Group says they weren’t, as the total number of restaurants remained almost flat. We’ll miss the 1,652 U.S. restaurants that closed their doors last year. But consider the resiliency of the rest: Given market conditions, you’d expect many more would have gone under. Those restaurant operators who steered their way through the downturn primarily did so by drastically ...

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