CHICAGO Innovation will be among the top five restaurant trends in 2009 as the tough economic environment forces operators to turn up their creativity, Technomic Inc. said Thursday. Inventive menu items, delivery services, pricing and design — including smaller spaces and more efficient footprints — will help restaurateurs weather a year that could be one of the most difficult in recent memory, according to the Chicago-based consulting and research firm.Technomic also pointed to the ...

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