Consumers, operators express more optimism for 2010 as ’09 limps to end

Consumers, operators express more optimism for 2010 as ’09 limps to end

WASHINGTON —Both restaurateurs and consumers alike say they are feeling more upbeat about their economic outlooks as the ill-fated year of 2009 sputters to a close, boding well for business trends in the new year.

While customer traffic at restaurants remained sluggish during the month of October, operators nevertheless are sounding more hopeful about their prospects for the future, according to the National Restaurant Ass

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