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April 8, 2021

Innovating during the pandemic: Cracker Barrel, tradition transformed

Homestyle cooking and comfort food thrives off-premises, while updated technology makes ordering seamless.

April 2, 2021

Restaurant employment rose for the third consecutive month

Despite the recent gains, eating and drinking places are still 1.8 million jobs below their pre-pandemic employment level.

March 26, 2021

My best idea: Operators share their pandemic innovations

Operators found clever ways to survive last year, and their actions confirm 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry trend data.

March 26, 2021

Restaurant jobs remain below pre-pandemic levels in every state and DC

While 43 states and DC saw gains in February, restaurant employment remains below pre-pandemic levels across the nation.

March 26, 2021

2021 Economic Outlook: Bolstered by additional fiscal stimulus

Even though the economy is projected to grow at a rate not seen in nearly four decades, it is not yet time to sound the all-clear.

March 19, 2021

A look back at consumers’ restaurant usage during the past year

More people are using restaurants for off-premises foodservice options, but on-premises patronage is still well below pre-pandemic levels.

March 17, 2021

Consumers want to keep ‘streeteries’ in place beyond the pandemic

The vast majority of consumers favor allowing restaurants to expand outdoor seating on a permanent basis.

March 16, 2021

Restaurant sales pulled back from a healthy January

The shortfall in restaurant and foodservice sales totaled $270 billion during the first 12 months of the pandemic.

March 15, 2021

Forty states and DC lost restaurant jobs in January

Restaurant employment remains below pre-pandemic levels in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

March 5, 2021

Restaurants added nearly 300k jobs in February

The shortfall in restaurant employment from pre-pandemic levels is nearly three times larger than the next closest industry.