As expected in last week’s report, the 20% decline in restaurant reservations was simply an outlier. Reservations continued to climb nationally and in Georgia at their previous paces after the June 14th anomaly. Georgia changed from -54%YoY to -45%YoY while the united states climbed from -65%YoY to -59%YoY. June 19th marked the first time Georgia reservations were over 50% of what they were in the previous year. Open table reported on June 17th that nearly 60% of restaurants that take reservations had reopened in the United States.
Casual Dining, Fast Food, and Bars
Casual Dining is staying on pace to return to normal capacity within the next month and a half, currently operating at 65%YoY of its capacity last year. Fast food is still hovering around 100%YoY capacity, still largely unaffected by the pandemic. New this week is the inclusion of data on bars in the southern region of the US. Bars seemed to follow a very similar trend to that of casual dining establishments, albeit typically performing 10%YoY better than casual dining establishments. As of the most recent data used in this report (June 12th), bars are operating at 79% of their previous capacity.
In the News
Risk for hunger in Chattanooga area, Northwest Georgia projected to increase more than 50% for children
By Patrick Filbin @ The Chattanooga Free Press
A new study shows that one in five people and more than one in four children in the Chattanooga region and Northwest Georgia could face hunger as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impact.
In the same week that Gov. Brian Kemp lifted some of the final coronavirus restrictions on restaurants, several in the Golden Isles closed temporarily after staff members tested positive for the virus while others closed for precautions.