WASHINGTON Restaurateurs are still treading rough economic waters, but more foresee calm seas ahead, according to the latest monthly operator survey from the National Restaurant Association. The Association’s Restaurant Performance Index, or RPI, stood at 97.9 in August, down 0.2 percent from July, and its third decline in the last four months, the NRA said Wednesday. The RPI is a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry based on ...

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