America's food capitals have been rocked by a year of ever-changing restaurant restrictions, resulting in droves of shuttered eateries, mass layoffs and staggering revenue loss.
But some cities were hit harder than others due to disparate COVID-19 guidance and restaurant support programs developed by local governments, as well as fluctuations in virus spread and weather conditions across the country. Now that the dust has settled on this confluence of challenges, some questions emerge: How the 6 Major Restaurant Cities Run Their Business During the Pandemic? What is the dive for the 6 cities? How can we improve the business in 2021?
Restaurant Dive explores these factors in a six-part article series that spotlights the unique experiences of restaurant markets in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Washington, D.C., during the biggest crisis the industry has ever faced.
Restaurant closures to date: 624 as of September 2020, representing a loss of nearly 20% of Seattle restaurants
Restaurant job losses to date: 49,000 — a 19% drop — for the entire state in 2020
Restaurant revenue losses to date: $4.8 billion (calculated by a change in taxable business income in 2020 for the entire state)
Restaurant closures to date: At least 1,000 as of January, according to Eater NY
Restaurant job losses to date: 122,400, or -48%, from March 2020 to January 2021
Restaurant revenue losses to date: $10.3 billion, or -59%, from March to November 2020
Restaurant closures: The number of California leisure and hospitality small businesses open declined by 48.2% between Jan. 2020 and March 3, 2021
Restaurant job losses: 122,700 — a 33.7% decline — in Los Angeles County between Jan. 2020 and Jan. 2021
Restaurant sales loss: Restaurant sales are down 33% the week of March 11 in Los Angeles compared to the same period in 2019
Restaurant and bar closures: About 150, including businesses closed until further notice, as of March 11
Restaurant job losses to date: 158,300, or a 41.8% decline, in January 2021 compared to January 2020 for the leisure and hospitality sector in Chicago/Joliet/Naperville, Illinois
Restaurant revenue losses to date: -64.4% for the city of Chicago’s leisure and hospitality sector as of March 3, 2021, compared to January 2020
Restaurant closures to date: 124 as of March 19, according to the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. This is a 114% increase compared to closures between March 2019 and March 2020.
Restaurant job losses to date: 28,900 — a 53.8% decline — between Feb. 2020 and Jan. 2021
Restaurant sales losses to date: Sales declined 15.9% between Feb. 28, 2020, and March 14, 2021, according to Upserve by Lightspeed data.
Restaurant closures: 10,000 Florida restaurants have permanently closed as of March 11, The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association estimates.
Restaurant job losses: Miami’s leisure and hospitality segment lost 75,600 jobs between January 2020 and January 2021, a 22.3% decline, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Restaurant revenue loss: Miami-Dade restaurants lost $742 million in direct revenue between March and August compared to the same period in 2019, according to Florida International University’s FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
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