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The State of Local Restaurants 2019

WASHINGTON


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2018 calendar year at 42,223 small, local restaurants across the United States, including Washington. The result is a comprehensive look at when local restaurants do the most business, when they seat the most guests, and when customers tend to spend a little extra when eating out.

What we learned about local restaurant sales in Washington

Washington is the 12th-ranked state for average restaurant revenues in the United States, pulling in 12% more in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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How much do restaurants in Washington make on an average day?

On a given day, restaurants in Washington brought in $1,431 in revenue. The average restaurant also processed about 50 transactions each day while seeing customers spend an average of $28.58 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,431 50 $28.58
National Rank: 12 National Rank: 10 National Rank: 20

 

How much do local restaurants in Washington make each week?

Weekends are big for restaurants across the country, and things were no different in the Evergreen State, with 54% of all revenue coming in between Friday and Sunday.

Saturday was the biggest day of the week, accounting for 20% of all local restaurant revenue. Monday was the lowest performing day of the week, accounting for 10% of all revenue.

 

Saturday was also the busiest day of the week in terms of foot traffic, with Washington restaurants processing an average of 58 transactions per day.

Washingtonians open their pocketbooks the most on Saturdays as well, spending $33.61 per ticket on average. Which is 18% more than the average ticket throughout the week.

 

 

How much does the average restaurant in Washington make in a year?

Restaurants in Washington experience their biggest months during the summer, as opposed to most restaurants across the country where revenue stays mostly consistent throughout the year.

 

Top 5 days for Washington restaurants

Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day Saturday were the two biggest days for restaurants in Washington. Summer proved to be a popular time of year as well, with the next three top days falling on big weekends throughout the season.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

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Cinco de Mayo

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Day before Mother's Day

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Washington restaurants on prominent days

Restaurants look to events and holidays to generate big sales for their business. Here’s how prominent days rank compared to the average day.

  Day rank based on total sales How much did restaurants that were open make?
Day Day Rank Total rev vs avg % of restaurants open Avg rev Rev vs avg Avg txns Txns vs avg Avg ticket Ticket vs avg
New Year's Day 355 -44% 48% $1,467 3% 44 -12% $33.19 16%
Super Bowl Sunday 303 -28% 73% $1,233 -14% 41 -17% $29.76 4%
Valentine's Day 137 8% 88% $1,544 8% 52 4% $29.74 4%
President's Day 321 -31% 76% $1,125 -21% 42 -17% $27.05 -5%
St. Patrick's Day 33 41% 89% $1,991 39% 61 22% $32.51 14%
Saturday before Easter 47 38% 90% $1,915 34% 58 15% $33.20 16%
Easter Sunday 228 -13% 70% $1,548 8% 44 -13% $35.43 24%
Cinco de Mayo 1 58% 95% $2,095 46% 63 25% $33.43 17%
Day before Mother's Day 2 57% 94% $2,092 46% 61 21% $34.43 20%
Mother's Day 6 55% 83% $2,347 64% 60 19% $39.43 38%
Memorial Day 223 -13% 74% $1,484 4% 48 -4% $31.05 9%
Day before Father's Day 7 55% 96% $2,017 41% 59 18% $34.06 19%
Father's Day 30 44% 84% $2,145 50% 57 13% $37.91 33%
4th of July 318 -31% 65% $1,327 -7% 43 -14% $30.77 8%
Labor Day 202 -9% 72% $1,594 11% 49 -2% $32.42 13%
Halloween 213 -11% 89% $1,250 -13% 52 4% $23.92 -16%
Veteran's Day 123 12% 77% $1,818 27% 53 7% $34.04 19%
Thanksgiving 364 -65% 38% $1,138 -20% 32 -36% $35.80 25%
Black Friday 217 -12% 77% $1,429 0% 41 -18% $34.69 21%
Saturday before Christmas 83 26% 83% $1,920 34% 53 6% $36.10 26%
Christmas Eve 342 -38% 62% $1,248 -13% 35 -30% $35.60 25%
Christmas Day 365 -80% 19% $1,339 -6% 33 -34% $40.30 41%
New Year's Eve 204 -9% 73% $1,560 9% 47 -7% $33.48 17%

Methodology

Womply analyzed daily revenue for 42,223 restaurants in all 50 states, including Washington, as well as the District of Columbia for all 365 days of the 2018 calendar year. Restaurants were only qualified for the analysis if they qualified as small businesses, Womply had a full year of transaction history, and the business recorded multiple transactions per day, on average.

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