According to a recent U.S. restaurant census by the NPD Group, restaurant growth amounted to only 3,045 more restaurants in 2013 over 2012.  The total of U. S. restaurants is now 617,505 units, a slight .5 % increase over last year according to the NPD Group’s 2013 Spring ReCount, an annual count of commercial restaurant locations within the United States.  According to the latest ReCount, QSRs totaled 328,162 units, an increase of one percent over 2013.