As COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease or lift entirely, the number of restaurants offering dine-in service has grown. As of June 1, 299,564 restaurants were open for dine-in, according to Datassential, a Chicago-based analytics firm. That’s a nearly 80,000 unit improvement since the beginning of March, when only 220,288 restaurants were open for dine-in service.
Of that number, 132,525 are chain restaurants and 167,039 are independent operators. Restaurants serving American cuisine made up the bulk of that list, 87,918, while Mexican was second with 34,090, followed by sandwich/deli (30,189), burgers (24,444) and pizza (21,698).
Most states have fully lifted capacity limits on restaurants and Datassential noted that much of the country is on pace to be open with little to no restrictions by the Fourth of July.
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