For years, the National Restaurant Association has referred to the foodservice industry as the "cornerstone" of the American economy. The numbers—120 million employees and $440 billion in sales—overtly back up the claim. And every day, grass-root activities in cities around America demonstrate just how important restaurants are to a community. Here's a recent example: Weeks ago, Kentucky lawmakers approved a state sales tax incentive to lure Cincinnati's famed Maisonette restaurant to the ...

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