According to Nielsen Research here are some. There has been DECLINE in number of restaurants 4628 units to be exact. Total sales figures are DOWN second yar in a row off nearly 10 billion from a year ago.and nationally sales have fallen on a per unit basis by almost $10,000 per place. New Orleans since Katrina biggest comeback and $124 million in restaurant growth. NRA predicts 2011 will be first year real sales growth in last 4 years.. Hi Growth Restaurant ares include Crestview Florida///Myrtle Beach S.C.////Jackson Tenn.///Barnstable Mass./// Ocean City N.J///Las Vegas and Paradise Nevada///Flagstaff Arizona//Panama City -Lynn Haven Fla. Worst Growth Potential ///Soux City Iowa Nielsen is a survey and consulting company.and has been around for years and is highly respected by many industries.