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October 19, 2021

Rising food costs and supply chain issues are creating challenges

More than 9 in 10 restaurant operators experienced supply delays or shortages of key food or beverage items in recent months.

October 15, 2021

Restaurant sales posted a modest gain in September

Four in five operators said their restaurant experienced a decline in customer demand for indoor on-premises dining due to the delta variant.

October 8, 2021

Restaurant job growth remained sluggish in September

Although the industry added back many of the jobs lost during the early months of the pandemic, a majority of restaurants remain understaffed.

October 6, 2021

Customer demand for outdoor dining rose due to the delta variant

As important as it has been for their survival during the pandemic, the outdoor dining season is winding down for a majority of restaurants.

September 22, 2021

27 states lost restaurant jobs in August 2021

The August job losses were primarily concentrated in the southeast and northeast regions of the country.

September 21, 2021

Tourism-related sales fell short for most restaurants this summer

Restaurant spending by travelers and visitors remained dampened this summer, and the fall season is looking even more challenging.

September 16, 2021

Restaurant sales leveled off in August

Restaurant sales growth stalled in August, as many consumers changed their behavior due to the delta variant.

September 3, 2021

Restaurant job growth stalled in August

The August decline followed a 7-month period in which eating and drinking places added nearly 1.4 million jobs.

August 24, 2021

44 states and DC added restaurant jobs in July 2021

Restaurant job growth was broad-based in recent months, but employment remained below comparable pre-pandemic levels in 44 states and DC.

August 17, 2021

Restaurant sales rose sharply for the fifth consecutive month

Restaurant sales continued to trend higher in July, even as consumers pulled back on spending in other areas.