Outlook for full-service: Flat is the new up

Outlook for full-service: Flat is the new up

NRA’s forecast for 2013: Cloudy with a chance of sunshine.

The National Restaurant Association’s just-released 2013 Restaurant Industry Forecast has plenty of positive news for full-service restaurant operators—but only on a relative basis. Overall, it’s going to be a “been down so long it looks like up to me” kind of year, with tepid growth being welcome after the so-so numbers the restaurant industry has put up since the 2008-2009 recession.

The NRA forecasts that total industry sales will top $660

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