Improvements in same-store sales and traffic in May continued to boost the outlook for restaurant operators across the country, according to the latest Restaurant Performance Index by the National Restaurant Association, released Monday. The monthly RPI, a composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry, stood at 102.1 in May, a 0.4-percent increase over April and the third consecutive monthly gain. It was also the strongest reading since March ...

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