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Outlook: Operators anticipate a better year ahead

Outlook: Operators anticipate a better year ahead

The restaurant industry will face the good, the bad and the ugly in the year ahead.

The good: By nearly all accounts from restaurant operators, industry observers and economic pundits, 2010 will be better than 2009.

The bad: Last year was one of the worst years on record for the restaurant industry—with total industry sales expected to post a decline for the first time—meaning that not much improvement will be needed for 2010 to outperform 2009.

The ugly: A total

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