THE STATE OF LOCAL RESTAURANTS 2018
We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2017 calendar year at 26,000 small, independent restaurants across America. The result is a comprehensive look at when restaurants earn the most money, when they seat the most guests, and which states make the most dough from patrons who #eatlocal.
What we learned about Arkansas
Restaurants in Arkansas are among the most affordable in the country in terms of average ticket size. Arkansas restaurants follow national trends with strong weekends and major holidays like Mother’s Day Weekend, Cinco de Mayo, and St. Patrick’s Day being a boon for business.
Understanding this report
To understand the average day for restaurants in America, we took a multidimensional look at their performance. We specifically looked at:
- Transactions: How many individual payments restaurants process.
- Ticket Size: How much patrons spend on average per transaction.
- Daily Sales Revenue: How much revenue restaurants make per day.
THE AVERAGE DAY FOR ARKANSAS RESTAURANTS
Restaurants in Arkansas rank 41st for the average number of transactions each day, 49th for average ticket size, and 48th for average daily revenues. All told, this makes The Natural State the 50th overall for restaurant revenue and one of the most affordable states to #eatlocal.
|Transactions||Ticket Size||Sales Revenue|
|National Rank: 41||National Rank: 49||National Rank: 48|
ARKANSAS WEEKDAYS COMPARED TO WEEKENDS
Like most states, restaurants in Arkansas see more revenue, more transactions, and higher average ticket sizes on the weekend.
ARKANSAS’S AVERAGE WEEK
Here we see a day-by-day look at the average daily sales revenue in Arkansas compared to the national averages. Arkansas eateries mostly follow the national trend, except on Sunday, when they are well below average.
THE AVERAGE YEAR FOR ARKANSAS RESTAURANTS
On a national level, sales revenues only have a subtle variation from month to month. That holds true for Arkansas, with slightly above-average sales in the spring and summer.
TOP 5 DAYS FOR ARKANSAS RESTAURANTS
Here are the top revenue-generating days for restaurants in Arkansas. Like many states, Mother’s Day weekend, Cinco de Mayo and St. Patrick’s Day are among the best.
|MAR 4||MAY 12Mother’s Day Weekend||MAR 10||MAY 5Cinco de Mayo||MAR 17St. Patrick’s Day|
ARKANSAS RESTAURANTS ON PROMINENT DAYS
Restaurants put a lot of focus and work into big events and holidays, but how do the most prominent days rank compared to the rest of the year and the average day?
|Day||Rank/365||Daily Sales||Change in sales||Number of transactions||Change in Transaction Volume||Avg Ticket Size||Change in
|Cinco De Mayo||4||$1,379||54.23%||53||49.38%||$26.13||3.36%|
|Day before T-giving||120||$938||4.91%||37||4.10%||$25.50||0.89%|
|New Year’s Eve||128||$919||2.73%||27||-23.20%||$33.85||33.91%|
Womply analyzed daily revenue for 25,893 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for all 365 days of the 2017 calendar year. Restaurants were only qualified for the analysis if Womply had a full year of transaction history and the business recorded multiple transactions per day, on average. Category and overall state rankings are based on a composite score of each state’s transactions, average ticket sizes, and overall daily revenue.
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