About The Restaurant industry in the U.S.
Food and drinks sales of the restaurant industry in the United States reached 745.61 billion U.S. dollars in 2015 – a long way from the 42.8 billion seen in 1970. This figure was forecasted to rise again in 2016 to more than 782 billion. The number of employees in the restaurant industry is also forecasted to see growth. In 2015, there were approximately 14 million people working within the industry, by 2026 this number is expected to reach over 16 million.
The restaurant industry in the United States is generally comprised of independent or chain full-service and limited-service restaurants. In 2015, full-service restaurants (FSRs), including chains such as Applebee’s and Red Lobster, generated around 247 billion U.S. dollars in food and drink sales. Limited-service restaurants (LSRs) made over 210 billion that year. The LSR category includes well-known fast-food restaurants and coffee chains, like McDonald’s and Starbucks. McDonald’s is the leading chain restaurant in the U.S. in terms of sales, making 35.84 million U.S. dollars in 2015.
More than 195 million U.S. consumers visited a sit-down restaurant in the spring of 2016. During the same time, over 216 million Americans visited a fast-food place. According to the ACSI Index, Chick-fil-A had the highest customer satisfaction ranking out of 17 limited service competitors. In the same year, McDonald’s scored the lowest in the study
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America’s best restaurant chains: Top-rated brands according to TripAdvisor.
Many travelers opt for the comfort and familiarity of chain restaurants, and review website TripAdvisor has come up with a list of the top ones among its users.
In this first-ever list, TripAdvisor highlighted 30 restaurants of all types—fine dining, casual dining, quick service, and fast casual. They were divided into small, medium and large chains places to eat near me.
The rankings were based on the quality, quantity and recency of reviews of all the chain’s locations during the period from Dec. 1, 2017 to Nov. 30, 2018.
The chains have a minimum average rating of four out of five bubbles and an average of at least 100 reviews per property.
“Chain restaurants are integral to the American dining experience as they offer consumers convenient and satisfying meals for all occasions,” says Bertrand Jelensperger, senior vice president for TripAdvisor Restaurants.