From mom-and-pop shops and venerable independents to new outposts of proven chains, in the last year restaurants have been dropping like flies.But while it might seem that closure after closure is an indication that the entire industry is about to implode, that is not the case, according to The NPD Group, which found that some savvy operators are still growing rapidly despite what is now being called The Great Recession.According to NPD’s spring 2009 ReCount census of restaurant locations, ...

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