Economic downturn expected to increase the popularity of comfort food, classy cocktails, fresh ingredients and authentic MediterraneanThe financial turmoil of 2008 hurt restaurants as many people dined out less to save money. But from fast food to fine dining, the restaurant industry is determined to get people in the door in 2009. Mintel Menu Insights, which tracks US restaurant menus, expects five trends to influence foodservice in 2009. Restaurants will re-invent comfort food, mix up their cocktails, focus on fresh ingredients, take Mediterranean food to the next level, and tell stories.

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