Although the writing has been on the wall for a few years, restaurateurs only now are starting to comprehend the message: The way consumers use restaurants is changing in a lasting way, according to The NPD Group’s 23rd annual “Eating Patterns in America” report.The popularity of both quick service and breakfast continues to grow, and snacking now occurs more often in midmorning than at night, NPD found. Brown-bag lunches also are on the rise, and supermarkets are entrenched in the ...

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