Analysts spy start of possible turnaround

While today’s economic storm isn’t expected to pass any time soon, restaurant operators and analysts predict a parting of the clouds for the industry in the not-too-distant future.

Observers said three performance-driving gale-force winds together may help push the industry forward in the months ahead, including consumers’ need to escape the mounds of negative economic data; the comparatively low ticket for dining out, versus other discretionary expenditures; and the first-in-first

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