Restaurant operators offer brighter outlook

NRA performance index rises in September as operators report improving sales

Restaurant operators were decidedly more upbeat about the future in September, helping to spark an improvement in the National Restaurant Association’s most recent Restaurant Performance Index.

Fueled by rising same-store sales and customer traffic levels, the RPI climbed to 100.3 in September, an increase of 0.8 percent over its August level.

It also marked the first time in five months the RPI has risen above 100, which indicates expansion in key industry indicators, acc

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