Down in the dumps over news from ace research outfit NPD Group that there were 4,000 fewer restaurants in the U.S. this spring than in 2008? Media pessimists interpreted this drop as further proof that the country is mired in a deep recession. But are 4,000 fewer restaurants a lot? Let’s take a closer look at the numbers.
NPD’s Spring 2009 ReCount census pegged the net loss of restaurants nationwide at