Sobering Statistics on the Restaurant Industry

100,000+ restaurants have closed forever and DoorDash launches an IPO?

It is a topic that divides our nation, our states, our cities and our towns. How much should restaurants shut down amidst the pandemic? Maybe to 50% capacity? 10%? Maybe until the pandemic is over? And what have the impacts been so far in 2020?


In mid-November, the National Restaurant Association Research Group conducted a survey of thousands of restaurant operators in order to assess the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Here are some of the key findings.


Current Restaurant Business Conditions


For the month of October, restaurant operators reported sales declines in both the full-service and limited-service segments in October. That is probably not surprising to anyone.


In total, sales were down 29% from the prior year and almost 80% of all restaurant operators say their total dollar sales volume was down in October from a year ago. Again, likely not surprising.


But a whopping 83% of full-service operators and 67% of limited-service operators expect their sales to decrease from current levels during the next 3 months. And as the weather turns colder, expectations will deteriorate further, as the end of the outdoor dining season hits more parts of the country.


As such, a staggering 36% of operators said they are considering simply closing until the pandemic passes.


Current Restaurant Job Conditions


Although many restaurants have brought back employees after the lockdowns from earlier in the year, overall staffing levels are still way below normal.


• 81% of restaurants say their staffing level is lower.


• 49% expect to reduce staffing in the next 3 months.


Restaurants Closing Forever


The National Restaurant Association estimates that as of December 1st , there are at least 110,000 eating and drinking places closed permanently. That’s 17% of the industry.


Here are the more sobering statistics: on average, permanently closed restaurants had been in business for 16 years and employed an average of 32 people. And about 1 in 5 had been in business for over 30 years and employed over 50 people.


Can you reconcile these statistics with the 85% appreciation of DoorDash on its first day of trading?


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