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The State of Local Restaurants 2020

ALASKA


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at 36,000 local restaurants across the United States, including Alaska. 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 Alaska

Alaska is the 5th-ranked state for average daily restaurant revenue in the country, generating 20% more in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a typical day, the average restaurant in Alaska brought in $1,625 in revenue. The average restaurant also processed about 51 daily transactions at an average of $31.67 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,625 51 $31.67
National Rank: 5 National Rank: 14 National Rank: 6

 

What days of the week are busiest for Alaska restaurants?

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

 

Fridays were especially huge, with 18% of all restaurant revenue in Alaska coming in on that day alone. On the other hand, Mondays were the slowest day of the week for Alaska restaurants, with only 11% of revenue generated that day.

 

 

Alaska restaurants processed an average of 60 daily transactions on Fridays, more than any other day of the week.

 

 

Alaskans spend more per transaction on weekends, with Saturdays boasting the largest average ticket of the week at $37.34 per ticket. Average ticket price is lowest on Mondays, when diners spent an average of $9.54 less than on Saturdays.

 

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

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

Summer was huge for restaurants in the Last Frontier. August was the top month of the year, and each of the top 10 weeks of the year were in the months of June, July, and August.

 

Top 5 days for Alaska restaurants

Summer was also huge for local restaurants in Alaska from a single-day perspective, as each of the top five days of the year were all Fridays in June, July, and August.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

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Alaska 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 354 -47% 51% $1,420 -13% 40 -22% $35.43 12%
Super Bowl Sunday 316 -32% 69% $1,327 -18% 39 -24% $33.88 7%
Valentine's Day 156 2% 84% $1,640 1% 56 9% $29.39 -7%
St. Patrick's Day 133 9% 74% $1,993 23% 54 6% $36.63 16%
Friday before Easter 89 20% 93% $1,746 8% 60 18% $28.92 -9%
Saturday before Easter 109 16% 89% $1,760 8% 50 -2% $34.89 10%
Easter Sunday 332 -36% 65% $1,328 -18% 34 -34% $39.32 24%
Cinco de Mayo 146 6% 75% $1,903 17% 52 2% $36.56 15%
Friday before Mother's Day 51 35% 94% $1,936 19% 63 22% $30.98 -2%
Saturday before Mother's Day 42 38% 91% $2,044 26% 55 7% $37.26 18%
Mother's Day 44 38% 78% $2,389 47% 51 0% $46.51 47%
Friday before Memorial Day 41 38% 94% $1,990 23% 66 28% $30.24 -5%
Saturday before Memorial Day 145 6% 86% $1,660 2% 50 -2% $33.10 5%
Memorial Day 351 -42% 57% $1,379 -15% 44 -15% $31.50 -1%
Friday before Father's Day 15 53% 99% $2,095 29% 67 31% $31.30 -1%
Saturday before Father's Day 26 43% 90% $2,146 32% 56 9% $38.54 22%
Father's Day 65 30% 79% $2,217 36% 53 4% $41.57 31%
4th of July 319 -33% 51% $1,792 10% 54 5% $33.30 5%
Friday before Labor Day 13 54% 94% $2,214 36% 64 24% $34.79 10%
Saturday before Labor Day 76 27% 90% $1,903 17% 52 1% $36.77 16%
Labor Day 328 -35% 57% $1,549 -5% 44 -15% $35.39 12%
Halloween 302 -29% 78% $1,236 -24% 39 -25% $32.07 1%
Thanksgiving Eve 198 -5% 80% $1,604 -1% 43 -16% $37.00 17%
Thanksgiving 364 -81% 31% $826 -49% 26 -50% $31.95 1%
Christmas Eve 363 -59% 56% $998 -39% 24 -53% $41.47 31%
Christmas Day 365 -87% 11% $1,581 -3% 40 -21% $39.21 24%
New Year's Eve 353 -45% 48% $1,528 -6% 40 -22% $38.11 20%

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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