Did you know? Restaurant Edition.

Dear Friends,

I know I enjoy going out to eat, who doesn’t (apparently only 10% of Americans don’t). But I was still startled to see the stats on how many other people around the U.S. are dining out and the effect it has on the economy.

After reading The Atlantic’s recent article, Restaurants Are the New Factories, I decided to do a little research of my own.

Here are just a few fun facts about the restaurant industry, as well as restaurant workers.


Did you know… 

Restaurant sales are projected to be almost $800 billion in the year 2017.
Compare that to the $42.8 billion spent in 1970.

Did you know…

Half of all adults have worked in the restaurant industry at some point in their lives.
1 in 3 American’s first job was in a restaurant.

Did you know…

The number of women-owned restaurant businesses increased 40 percent between 2007 and 2012.
The number of Hispanic-owned restaurant businesses jumped 51 percent between 2007 and 2012, while black- or African-American-owned restaurants increased 49 percent.

Did you know…

Restaurant workers make up  10% of the total workforce in the U.S. (2017)
Compare that to the .4% of Americans who actively serve in the U.S. military. (2016)


Yours truly,




Facts at a Glance.  Retrieved from http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/Research/Facts-at-a-Glance

Tetreault, A. 50 Restaurant Industry Statistics for Restaurant Owners in 2017. Retrieved from https://pos.toasttab.com/blog/restaurant-management-statistics


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