The biggest restaurant industry news of 2012

The biggest restaurant industry news of 2012

This article is part of the 2012: Year in Review series from Nation's Restaurant News, which recaps notable news from the restaurant industry over the past year. This article can also be found in the Dec. 17 issue of Nation's Restaurant News. Subscribe here.

Some pressing questions were answered during the course of 2012: President Barack Obama was re-elected, and the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

But much continued to remain in limbo, with many operators uncertain about the actual impact of heath care reform — and the looming fiscal cliff —  on business. Mother nature added to that uncertainty, as drought continued to wipe out crops, rais

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