What's For Dinner? Humble Pie

Forecasters who view the $262 billion food-service industry as an economic bellwether won't like what they see this year. The National Restaurant Assn. expects the industry's inflation-adjusted sales to inch up about 1.8% in 1992. That's better than last year's 0.5% gain, but still no cause for glee. "It's a very difficult environment out there," frets Ronald A. McDougall, president of Brinker International Inc., which operates 261 Chili's eateries.

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