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The size, scope and impact of the U.S. restaurant industry

Restaurant Industry Facts at a Glance

  • $659 billion: Restaurant industry sales in 2020, down $240 billion from expected levels 
  • 12.5 million: Restaurant industry employees at the end of 2020, down 3.1 million from expected levels
  • 110,000: Restaurant locations that are temporarily or permanently closed
  • 9 in 10 restaurants have fewer than 50 employees
  • 7 in 10 restaurants are single-unit operations
  • 8 in 10 restaurant owners started their industry careers in entry-level positions
  • 9 in 10 restaurant managers started in entry-level positions
  • Restaurants employ more minority managers than any other industry