Rustic Fare, Fluid Dayparts Among 2012 Restaurant Trends

Industry mavens Baum+Whiteman and Andrew Freeman & Co. have already weighed in. Now it’s Technomic’s turn to take a stab at predicting the hottest trends in restaurants for 2012.

Like fashion, it never seems to be too early to predict what the future holds, judging from the number of hot trends for 2012 forecasts we’ve fielded in the last two weeks. The latest observations come from Chicago-based research firm Technomic, which expects to see these seven developments making news in the coming year:

1. Consumers Seek a Twist on the Familiar:

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