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The State of Local Restaurants 2020

KENTUCKY


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

Kentucky is the 30th-ranked state for average daily restaurant revenue in the country, generating 11% less in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a typical day, the average restaurant in Kentucky brought in $1,205 in revenue. The average restaurant also processed about 52 daily transactions at an average of $23.14 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,205 52 $23.14
National Rank: 30 National Rank: 11 National Rank: 47

 

What days of the week are busiest for Kentucky restaurants?

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

 

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

 

 

Kentucky restaurants processed an average of 64 daily transactions on Fridays, more than any other day of the week.

 

 

Kentuckians spend more per transaction on weekends, with Saturdays boasting the largest average ticket of the week at $27.97 per ticket. Average ticket price is lowest on Mondays, when diners spent an average of $8.53 less than on Saturdays.

 

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

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

May was the biggest month of the year overall for restaurants in the Bluegrass State, no doubt thanks to a huge lift from Mother's Day Weekend. The week leading up to the holiday was the biggest week of the year, and the week before that was the 6th.

 

Top 5 days for Kentucky restaurants

Mother's Day weekend was responsible for the biggest day of the year, and a total of two of the top five days of the year overall. Spring was also big for restaurants in Kentucky, accounting for two top days as well.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

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Mother's Day Weekend

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Easter Weekend

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Mother's Day

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Saturday Friday Friday Sunday Friday

 

Kentucky 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 357 -47% 54% $987 -18% 41 -21% $23.94 4%
Super Bowl Sunday 243 -14% 70% $1,247 4% 49 -7% $25.69 11%
Valentine's Day 83 26% 87% $1,447 20% 58 12% $24.78 7%
St. Patrick's Day 135 5% 73% $1,443 20% 56 8% $25.66 11%
Friday before Easter 2 64% 94% $1,757 46% 71 35% $24.91 8%
Saturday before Easter 46 39% 89% $1,581 31% 55 6% $28.65 24%
Easter Sunday 321 -32% 57% $1,213 1% 40 -23% $30.20 31%
Cinco de Mayo 91 21% 73% $1,671 39% 60 15% $27.90 21%
Friday before Mother's Day 7 55% 97% $1,600 33% 66 26% $24.38 5%
Saturday before Mother's Day 1 66% 91% $1,841 53% 61 16% $30.38 31%
Mother's Day 4 58% 75% $2,111 75% 62 19% $34.13 48%
Friday before Memorial Day 11 51% 99% $1,545 28% 62 20% $24.73 7%
Saturday before Memorial Day 50 38% 92% $1,512 26% 53 2% $28.51 23%
Memorial Day 334 -36% 58% $1,118 -7% 46 -11% $24.24 5%
Friday before Father's Day 6 56% 100% $1,572 31% 62 20% $25.24 9%
Saturday before Father's Day 30 44% 93% $1,554 29% 54 3% $28.93 25%
Father's Day 79 26% 77% $1,649 37% 55 5% $30.17 30%
4th of July 348 -40% 59% $1,028 -15% 42 -20% $24.59 6%
Friday before Labor Day 18 49% 96% $1,559 29% 66 26% $23.69 2%
Saturday before Labor Day 51 38% 89% $1,565 30% 56 8% $27.77 20%
Labor Day 320 -32% 58% $1,192 -1% 50 -4% $23.76 3%
Halloween 282 -23% 83% $935 -22% 47 -10% $20.04 -13%
Thanksgiving Eve 140 4% 80% $1,312 9% 55 6% $23.84 3%
Thanksgiving 364 -75% 24% $1,057 -12% 26 -50% $40.85 77%
Christmas Eve 363 -56% 48% $920 -24% 33 -36% $27.78 20%
Christmas Day 365 -85% 12% $1,206 0% 36 -32% $33.93 47%
New Year's Eve 179 -3% 67% $1,462 21% 52 0% $28.07 21%

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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