Food inflation arrives, adding to the woes of ailing restaurants

Shawn Faulk prepares food for a to-go order at Star Coffee in Round Rock, Texas. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman/TNS)

Food inflation has arrived, according to newly released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And that means slimmer profits for many already-ailing restaurants even as diners pay more for meals.