The Great Recession officially has been over since June 2009, but the effects of that downturn and the slow economic recovery have altered the dining-out habits of consumers — even affluent, optimistic ones — for years to come, The NPD Group said. The market research firm’s recently released report, “The Changing Consumer Mind-set: What it Means to the Restaurant Industry,” found that following the recession that began in 2007, restaurant customers now are ...

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