In his latest commentary, the National Restaurant Association's Chief Economist Bruce Grindy breaks down the latest restaurant establishment trends on the state level. New York led the nation in restaurant establishment growth for the second consecutive year in 2010, while Louisiana posted the strongest location growth in percentage terms.
Nationally, the industry added nearly 7,700 eating- and drinking-place establishments* in 2010, according to recently released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the state level, trends were generally positive in 2010. Forty-one states (including the District of Columbia) added eating- and drinking-place locations in 2010, while 10 states experienced a decline in locations. Contrast that with 2009, when 26 states (including DC) added locations and 25 states lost locations.
New York led the nation by adding a net 1,609 eating- and drinking-place establishments in 2010, the second consecutive year in which the Empire State posted the strongest location growth. Meanwhile, Texas saw its eating and drinking place sector expand by a net 979 locations in 2010.
In percentage terms, Louisiana led the way with a 6.5 percent increase in eating- and drinking-place establishments. New York, North Carolina, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Kansas and the District of Columbia added eating- and drinking-place locations at rates of more than 3 percent.
In contrast, Georgia lost a net 246 eating- and drinking-place locations in 2010, a 1.5 percent drop from 2009. Michigan lost a net 223 eating- and drinking-place establishments in 2010 (a 1.4 percent decline), while Nevada’s eating- and drinking-place sector declined by a net 69 locations (a 1.3 percent decline).
*The establishment figures, which are based on unemployment insurance filings of businesses that have wage and salary employees, represent the most comprehensive census of establishments with payroll employees on the national, state and local levels.
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Eating and drinking place establishments by state
Source: National Restaurant Association analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data