NRA: 78% of operators report decline in dine-in business

Dive Brief:

  • Seventy-eight percent of restaurant operators report a decline in customer demand for indoor dining in recent weeks due to the rise of delta variant coronavirus cases, according to a survey by the National Restaurant Association Research Group of 4,000 operators. The survey was conducted between Sept. 7 and Sept. 15, 2021. 
  • Sixty-three percent of operators said in August — historically one of the busiest months of the year for restaurants — volume was lower than in August 2019, the survey revealed.
  • The findings of this report were included in a letter the organization sent to Congressional leaders on Wednesday. In the letter, the NRA warned of the harm provisions within the Build Back Better Act, including some tax changes, could have on the restaurant industry. The NRA also urged Congress to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

Dive Insight:

Dine-in sales for the restaurant industry are…

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