The restaurant industry's growth this year and next are likely to mirror the overall economy's slow, uneven recovery, with bright spots along the way, according to forecasts from NPD Group and Technomic, which respectively predict 1.8% and 3.8% sales growth this year. "The consumer has been cautious over the last few years, and they will be cautious over the next few years," said Bravo Brio Restaurant Group CFO Jim O'Connor.

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