BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- That midshopping peppermint mocha or post-mall pile of fried onions may be the least of a consumer's holiday shopping worries, but they have a big impact on the restaurants serving them.According to the National Restaurant Association, restaurants' outlook for this holiday season is better than it's been during the past two years, and an increased appetite for restaurant gift cards is a big reason America's more than 1 million restaurants and food service outlets are in a particularly festive mood. The National Retail Federation says 57% of shoppers will be buying gift cards this year, potentially giving restaurants an entree-sized portion of the take.
Holiday Shopper Hunger Helps Restaurants
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