While 2009 was most notably marked as the year of the Great Recession, a handful of other events rocked the restaurant industry. From free giveaways that turned in to public relations snafus, to executives who unexpectedly stepped down from their posts, the year held a few surprises. Nation's Restaurant News lists the Top 5 surprises of the year. 1. KFC runs out of chicken … and other misadventures in the year of the freebie In April, Yum! Brands Inc.’s KFC promoted the ...

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