What's the state of the restaurant industry? It depends where you look.
"Mom and Pop" chains are bearing the brunt of the industry's contraction, dropping in restaurant count by 3 percent, based on data from The NPD Group that compared restaurants open as of the end of March to a year ago.
Chain restaurants are still expanding in unit size, albeit not by much, buoyed by the rise in fast casual restaurants like Chipotle Mexican Grill. Their number increased 1 percent from a year ago, while fast casual chains' units rose by 7 percent.