According to a recent New York Times article, upscale restaurants like Tursi’s Latin King restaurant in Des Moines are bouncing back from the economic downtown, re-opening all their dining rooms and hiring new staff. “These last couple of months [have been] a lot better than they were last year,” Robert James Tursi, whose family owns the restaurant, was quoted as saying by the paper.
A spokesman from the National Restaurant Association told The Times that overall restaurant sales were down 2.9 per cent last year; this year’s losses are expected to be a more manageable 0.1 per cent. Even a modest increase has helped, as the American foodservice industry welcomed 42,500 new employees to the job in the first three months of 2010.
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