Restaurants eye holiday shoppers

WASHINGTON Restaurateurs are hoping that a projected increase in the number of shoppers seeking bargains over the upcoming Black Friday weekend will help to energize lagging foodservice sales.

But while larger crowds are expected to take to the retail aisles this holiday weekend, the general mood among recession-weary consumers still appears to one of frugality, experts say.

Asurvey conducted for the National Retail Federation here predicts that 134

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