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The State of Local Restaurants 2020

ALABAMA


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at 36,000 local restaurants across the United States, including Alabama. This resulted in a comprehensive examination of when local restaurants do the most business, when they serve the most diners, and what 2020 may look like when it comes to eating local.

What we learned about local restaurant sales in Alabama

Alabama is the 29th-ranked state for average daily restaurant revenue in the country, generating 8% less in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a typical day, the average restaurant in Alabama brought in $1,244 in revenue. The average restaurant also processed about 50 daily transactions at an average of $24.82 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,244 50 $24.82
National Rank: 29 National Rank: 19 National Rank: 39

 

What days of the week are busiest for Alabama restaurants?

Fridays and Saturdays are money makers at restaurants across the US, and that trend continues for Alabama.

 

Fridays were especially huge, with 20% of all restaurant revenue in Alabama coming in on that day alone. On the other hand, Mondays were the slowest day of the week for Alabama restaurants, with only 10% of revenue generated that day.

 

 

Alabama restaurants processed an average of 61 daily transactions on Fridays, more than any other day of the week.

 

 

Alabamians spend more per transaction on weekends, with Sundays boasting the largest average ticket of the week at $29.21 per ticket. Average ticket price is lowest on Mondays, when diners spent an average of $7.19 less than on Sundays.

 

What time of year do Alabama restaurants make the most money?

Alabamians enjoy dining out regardless of the season, but what does the average year look like from week to week at restaurants in Alabama? Let's take a look.

May was the biggest month of the year overall for restaurants in the Yellowhammer State, no doubt thanks to a huge lift from Mother's Day Weekend. The week leading up to the holiday was the 4th biggest week of the year, and the week before that was the single-biggest week of the year.

 

Top 5 days for Alabama restaurants

Summer was responsible for the top four days of the year for Alabama restaurants, including Father's Day, which was the second biggest day overall.

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Alabama restaurants on prominent days

Restaurants rely on holidays and events to drive big sales days 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 363 -65% 35% $1,002 -19% 35 -31% $28.87 16%
Super Bowl Sunday 332 -36% 55% $1,167 -6% 44 -13% $26.68 8%
Valentine's Day 84 22% 82% $1,474 19% 55 10% $26.72 8%
St. Patrick's Day 251 -17% 58% $1,430 15% 50 0% $28.49 15%
Friday before Easter 10 60% 94% $1,693 36% 64 28% $26.47 7%
Saturday before Easter 41 42% 86% $1,648 33% 56 11% $29.58 19%
Easter Sunday 352 -45% 41% $1,322 6% 40 -21% $33.38 35%
Cinco de Mayo 86 21% 63% $1,909 54% 62 23% $31.02 25%
Friday before Mother's Day 13 58% 97% $1,621 30% 63 25% $25.91 4%
Saturday before Mother's Day 23 54% 88% $1,731 39% 56 12% $31.00 25%
Mother's Day 96 18% 61% $1,919 54% 52 3% $37.04 49%
Friday before Memorial Day 20 55% 98% $1,576 27% 60 19% $26.39 6%
Saturday before Memorial Day 63 31% 89% $1,463 18% 49 -2% $29.92 21%
Memorial Day 356 -47% 46% $1,148 -8% 40 -19% $28.37 14%
Friday before Father's Day 2 66% 100% $1,649 33% 63 25% $26.37 6%
Saturday before Father's Day 25 52% 91% $1,661 34% 54 9% $30.55 23%
Father's Day 125 9% 65% $1,674 35% 50 -1% $33.66 36%
4th of July 350 -43% 38% $1,486 20% 46 -8% $32.24 30%
Friday before Labor Day 21 54% 96% $1,598 29% 62 23% $25.89 4%
Saturday before Labor Day 91 20% 88% $1,363 10% 48 -5% $28.60 15%
Labor Day 351 -43% 48% $1,193 -4% 43 -13% $27.46 11%
Halloween 215 -11% 85% $1,044 -16% 46 -8% $22.51 -9%
Thanksgiving Eve 89 20% 81% $1,475 19% 51 1% $29.15 17%
Thanksgiving 364 -74% 20% $1,290 4% 27 -46% $48.03 94%
Christmas Eve 361 -51% 51% $964 -23% 28 -43% $33.96 37%
Christmas Day 365 -91% 10% $965 -22% 31 -38% $31.29 26%
New Year's Eve 223 -12% 66% $1,319 6% 48 -4% $27.42 11%

Methodology

Womply analyzed daily revenue for over 36,000 restaurants in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, for all 365 days of the 2019 calendar year. Restaurants were only included in 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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