Restaurant operators more optimistic on economy

WASHINGTON Restaurant operators were decidedly upbeat in March about their future prospects, which helped to drive the National Restaurant Association’s monthly Restaurant Performance Index to its strongest point since September 2007.

The RPI rose to 100.5 in March, an increase of 1.4 percent from February and the first time in 29 months the index crested above the 100 mark, which signifies industry expansion. Operators’ expectations for the next six months also rose above t

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