Boy, is it depressing to look back over statistics that measure restaurant traffic changes over the past five years. Research outfit NPD collects them, and let’s just say that it’s been a rough time for the full-service restaurant industry, with 2009 being far and away the worst. So will business ever return to what we used to consider normal? NPD says that by the fourth quarter of 2010, it just might. Pat yourself on the back if you’ve been able to keep your restaurant afloat since 2005. ...

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