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May 27, 2020

Restaurants take action to assure customers it’s safe to dine in

Visible safety measures and transparent communications are just two ways operators are showing their commitment to protecting guests when they return to dining in.

May 22, 2020

Summer employment in restaurants is another casualty of the coronavirus

Many of the half-million seasonal restaurant jobs will not exist this summer, which will limit opportunities for first-time job seekers.

May 15, 2020

Restaurant sales fell to their lowest real level in over 35 years

Adjusting for inflation, consumer spending at eating and drinking places plunged to its lowest level since October 1984.

May 8, 2020

Three decades of restaurant jobs were lost during the last two months

Restaurants have lost nearly three times more jobs than any other industry since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.

May 4, 2020

Restaurant operators do not anticipate a rapid improvement in business

Sales, employment and capital spending levels are expected to remain dampened through the end of the year.

April 28, 2020

Consumer pent-up demand for restaurants remains strong

New survey indicates that pent-up demand for restaurants is elevated, even as many consumers maintain their off-premises frequency.

April 20, 2020

Restaurant sales and job losses are widespread across segments

New survey assesses the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the restaurant industry.

April 13, 2020

Consumers are still seeking off-premises options from restaurants

While it doesn’t come close to making up for sales losses, a majority of consumers are maintaining their off-premises usage of restaurants.

April 3, 2020

Restaurant job losses in March were the largest in history – for now

The March employment report was the not-so-calm before the storm.

March 25, 2020

New research details early impact of coronavirus pandemic on restaurant industry

Survey of more than 5,000 operators offers details on how outbreak is hurting sales, operations.