Let’s be honest, 2016 wasn’t a great year.
Despite an improving economy, restaurant same-store sales were weak at best for most of the year and there was talk of another recession.
Brexit played havoc with the stock market. A bitter and divisive presidential campaign kept consumers at home, and low grocery prices proved stiff competition.
Labor costs kept climbing, and though regulatory pressures may lift somewhat in 2017, a fair measure of uncertainty remains, hindering efforts to plan for the future.
We lost David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali, and Harambe. Brad and Angelina broke up.
The good news: Soon 2017 will bring a fresh start. Here are seven things to look forward to in 2017.
Correction: Jan. 3, 2017 An earlier version of this story misspelled Muhammad Ali's name. It has been updated.
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