A look at what's ahead in 2012

Looking ahead to 2012, the restaurant industry is sure to face a still-struggling economy, increased scrutiny from regulatory organizations and the always-changing preferences of consumers. Ever optimistic, however, restaurant operators have said they are looking forward to 2012, expecting sales to improve in the months ahead and getting ready to meet challenges head on, whether by tapping menu trends or working new marketing angles.

The editors at Nation’s Restaurant News have picked their top predictions for the restaurant industry in 2012. Tell us what you expect in the year ahead by taking the NRN Restaurant Operator Survey.