Families return to restaurants

NPD: Visits by parties with kids rise for the first time in 3 years

Families with kids visited restaurants in slightly greater numbers this summer, ending a three-year downward trend, the NPD Group said Wednesday.

For the August-ended quarter, restaurant visits by parties with kids increased 1 percent over the year-ago period, according to the NPD Group's data.

Bonnie Riggs, restaurant-industry analyst for the Chicago-based market research company, said the uptick in restaurant visits suggests that many families have become "recession-weary

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