Member restaurants soar to 254,000 - 24 percent increase in last two years (Washington, DC)  The National Restaurant Association today announced that its membership grew by 18,500 restaurants to a total of 254,000 member locations in the calendar year 2001, according to a year-end report by Association President and Chief Executive Officer Steven C. Anderson.  The number of member restaurants has grown by 24 percent over the last two years, Anderson said.