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The State of Local Restaurants 2020

ARKANSAS


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

Arkansas is the 42nd-ranked state for average daily restaurant revenue in the country, generating 24% less in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a typical day, the average restaurant in Arkansas brought in $1,026 in revenue. The average restaurant also processed about 42 daily transactions at an average of $24.60 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,026 42 $24.60
National Rank: 42 National Rank: 36 National Rank: 42

 

What days of the week are busiest for Arkansas restaurants?

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

 

Fridays were especially huge, with 20% of all restaurant revenue in Arkansas coming in on that day alone. On the other hand, Mondays were the slowest day of the week for Arkansas restaurants, with only 9% of revenue generated that day.

 

 

Arkansas restaurants processed an average of 51 daily transactions on Fridays, more than any other day of the week.

 

 

Arkansans spend more per transaction on weekends, with Saturdays boasting the largest average ticket of the week at $28.89 per ticket. Average ticket price is lowest on Tuesdays, when diners spent an average of $7.12 less than on Saturdays.

 

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

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

Summer was huge for restaurants in the Natural State. June was the top month of the year, and 9 of the top 10 weeks of the year were in the months of June, July, and August.

While June may have been the biggest month of the year overall, the single-biggest week of the year fell later on in the summer: July 29th through August 4th.

 

Top 5 days for Arkansas restaurants

Summer was responsible for the biggest day of the year, and a total of four of the top five days of the year overall. Father's Day was also big for restaurants in Arkansas, accounting for the second biggest day of the year.

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Arkansas 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 -64% 39% $771 -25% 29 -31% $26.65 8%
Super Bowl Sunday 226 -12% 66% $1,091 6% 40 -5% $27.51 12%
Valentine's Day 48 36% 84% $1,332 30% 50 20% $26.69 9%
St. Patrick's Day 145 5% 64% $1,331 30% 47 13% $28.37 15%
Friday before Easter 9 55% 90% $1,403 37% 55 32% $25.46 4%
Saturday before Easter 57 34% 81% $1,342 31% 46 10% $29.15 19%
Easter Sunday 277 -20% 54% $1,202 17% 36 -14% $33.68 37%
Cinco de Mayo 116 12% 65% $1,391 36% 48 15% $28.91 18%
Friday before Mother's Day 11 54% 93% $1,350 32% 53 27% $25.57 4%
Saturday before Mother's Day 22 49% 83% $1,464 43% 46 11% $31.54 28%
Mother's Day 49 36% 65% $1,701 66% 48 15% $35.44 44%
Friday before Memorial Day 14 53% 97% $1,286 25% 51 23% $25.07 2%
Saturday before Memorial Day 42 38% 86% $1,315 28% 42 2% $30.96 26%
Memorial Day 349 -42% 55% $866 -16% 32 -23% $26.94 10%
Friday before Father's Day 10 54% 100% $1,263 23% 50 20% $25.31 3%
Saturday before Father's Day 25 47% 90% $1,332 30% 44 6% $30.07 22%
Father's Day 78 27% 70% $1,483 45% 44 6% $33.51 36%
4th of July 358 -47% 47% $913 -11% 31 -26% $29.63 21%
Friday before Labor Day 20 50% 97% $1,253 22% 51 21% $24.78 1%
Saturday before Labor Day 63 31% 84% $1,267 24% 43 4% $29.27 19%
Labor Day 344 -39% 51% $985 -4% 37 -11% $26.49 8%
Halloween 254 -16% 79% $866 -16% 38 -9% $22.72 -8%
Thanksgiving Eve 135 6% 74% $1,161 13% 45 8% $25.81 5%
Thanksgiving 365 -76% 25% $786 -23% 19 -55% $41.99 71%
Christmas Eve 354 -45% 44% $1,019 -1% 32 -22% $31.37 28%
Christmas Day 364 -75% 14% $1,407 37% 38 -10% $37.44 52%
New Year's Eve 272 -20% 60% $1,092 7% 38 -10% $29.10 18%

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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