Americans aren’t visiting restaurants like they used to, and they aren’t likely to ever return to their pre-recession visit levels, the Port Washington, N.Y.-based firm said. Restaurant traffic growth slowed in December, making the battle for market share even more intense. In addition, the industry is only expected to grow 4 percent in the next decade, according to NPD research. “In the past, consumers returned to past spending [habits], but not this time,” ...

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