For the last two years restaurant industry traffic has been inching toward recovery from the losses of 2009 and 2010. But while the visit increases are small, what’s driving them is big: the growing population of adults aged 50 and over, a group that has been historically undertargeted by operators, say officials at market research firm The NPD Group. “If it wasn’t for this group — this group is holding up the industry — we’d be seeing negative ...

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