Dramatic Decline in Restaurant Traffic


by Calculated Risk on 3/14/2020 10:21:00 AM

There are some sectors that will be hit hard over the next several months: hotels, airlines, restaurants, movie theaters, sporting events, and convention centers. People will probably avoid these places as part of social distancing.

Here is some restaurant data from OpenTable (HT FBC)

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This data shows the year-over-year change in diners as tabulated by OpenTable for the US, the states of Washington and New York, and a few impacted cities (Seattle, San Francisco, and Boston).

This data is through March 12, 2020.

Seattle and San Francisco saw a dramatic decline starting at the beginning of March. Starting a few days ago, restaurant traffic is declining sharply just about everywhere.

Clearly the US will need to help the employees (and owners) of these impacted sectors.