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The most challenging year in history

COVID-19 and restaurants


Jelle Steenbergen  Xiao Er Kong

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The Impact of COVID-19 in 2020

2020 was the most challenging year in history for restaurants, especially independents.

At the height of the pandemic, more than 8 million restaurant workers were laid off or furloughed in the United States alone. The end of 2020 saw 2.5 million fewer industry jobs than the beginning of the year. 

Restaurants sales in the United States were down 19.2% in 2020

-19.2%

Compared to the National Restaurant Associations projected numbers for 2020, restaurants fell $240 billion dollars short

$240 billion

Over one hundred thousand restaurants were closed long term or permanently

+100,000

Independents suffer greatly

Family dining, fine dining, and casual dining segments took the brunt of the impact in food with a 30% drop in sales (2020 compared to 2019). Limited service restaurants, which includes most big chains, saw a relatively mild 6% drop. Bars and other establishments reliant on alcohol sales plummeted 65%.

The majority of closed restaurants had been operating for 16 years or more, with 16% having existed for over 30 years

60%

Of people have seen a restaurant in their community be forced to close permanently

Of restaurateurs that were forced to close their doors say they are likely to stay in the industry

48%

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The long road to recovery

Independent restaurants with strong community ties are well positioned for the takeout and delivery market. 64% of guests prefer to order directly from the restaurant, and 72% prefer the restaurant to have a physical location. Despite their meteoric rise, Ghost Kitchens have yet to prove themselves in the minds of diners.

Projected sales for 2021 see a 10.2% increase, still 15% below pre-pandemic levels. However: consumers are ready to return and off-premise has been a point of light in dark times.

Outdoor dining offers hope for independents, too. 

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Of adults say they aren’t visiting restaurants as often as they’d like

67%

Consider restaurants an essential part of their lifestyle. This number is higher among both millennials and generation Z

60%

53%

Of adults say takeout and delivery are essential to the way they live

68%

Are more likely to order off-premise

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Of fine dining operators have expanded their outdoor options

62%

Of casual dining operators have expanded their outdoor options

56%

23%

Of quickservice operators have expanded their outdoor options

A snapshot worldwide

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The most challenging year in history

COVID-19 and restaurants


Jelle Steenbergen  Xiao Er Kong

The Impact of COVID-19 in 2020

2020 was the most challenging year in history for restaurants, especially independents.

At the height of the pandemic, more than 8 million restaurant workers were laid off or furloughed in the United States alone. The end of 2020 saw 2.5 million fewer industry jobs than the beginning of the year. 

Restaurants sales in the United States were down 19.2% in 2020

-19.2%

Compared to the National Restaurant Associations projected numbers for 2020, restaurants fell $240 billion dollars short

$240 billion

Over one hundred thousand restaurants were closed long term or permanently

+100,000

Independents suffer greatly

Family dining, fine dining, and casual dining segments took the brunt of the impact in food with a 30% drop in sales (2020 compared to 2019). Limited service restaurants, which includes most big chains, saw a relatively mild 6% drop. Bars and other establishments reliant on alcohol sales plummeted 65%.

The majority of closed restaurants had been operating for 16 years or more, with 16% having existed for over 30 years

60%

Of people have seen a restaurant in their community be forced to close permanently

Of restaurateurs that were forced to close their doors say they are likely to stay in the industry

48%

chambre-separee_3.jpg

© Chantal Arnts, Chambre Séparée

The long road to recovery

Projected sales for 2021 see a 10.2% increase, still 15% below pre-pandemic levels. However: consumers are ready to return and off-premise has been a point of light in dark times.

Outdoor dining offers hope for independents, too. 

foto bezorgen

Independent restaurants with strong community ties are well positioned for the takeout and delivery market. 64% of guests prefer to order directly from the restaurant, and 72% prefer the restaurant to have a physical location. Despite their meteoric rise, Ghost Kitchens have yet to prove themselves in the minds of diners.

Of adults say they aren’t visiting restaurants as often as they’d like

67%

Consider restaurants an essential part of their lifestyle. This number is higher among both millennials and generation Z

60%

53%

Of adults say takeout and delivery are essential to the way they live

68%

Are more likely to order off-premise

terras.jpg

© Nina Slagmolen, Escobar

Of fine dining operators have expanded their outdoor options

62%

Of casual dining operators have expanded their outdoor options

56%

23%

Of quickservice operators have expanded their outdoor options

A snapshot worldwide

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Sources and further reading:

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