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The State of Local Restaurants 2020

NORTH CAROLINA


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

North Carolina is the 3rd-ranked state for average daily restaurant revenue in the country, generating 23% more in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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How much do restaurants in North Carolina make on an average day?

On a typical day, the average restaurant in North Carolina brought in $1,666 in revenue. The average restaurant also processed about 66 daily transactions at an average of $25.42 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,666 66 $25.42
National Rank: 3 National Rank: 1 National Rank: 35

 

What days of the week are busiest for North Carolina restaurants?

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

 

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

 

 

North Carolina restaurants processed an average of 80 daily transactions on Fridays, more than any other day of the week.

 

 

North Carolinians spend more per transaction on weekends, with Saturdays boasting the largest average ticket of the week at $29.76 per ticket. Average ticket price is lowest on Mondays, when diners spent an average of $7.64 less than on Saturdays.

 

What time of year do North Carolina restaurants make the most money?

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

Summer was huge for restaurants in the Tar Heel State. August was the top month of the year, and 8 of the top 10 weeks of the year were in the months of June, July, and August.

The #1 week of the year for North Carolina restaurants was the week of Father's Day—June 10th through the 16th. Mother's Day was also huge, accounting for the 2nd biggest week of the year.

 

Top 5 days for North Carolina restaurants

Mother's Day and Father's Day were also huge from a single-day perspective, as three of the top 5 days of the year all fell during those weekends.

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North Carolina 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 362 -50% 51% $1,389 -17% 52 -20% $26.58 5%
Super Bowl Sunday 292 -24% 64% $1,662 0% 62 -6% $26.86 6%
Valentine's Day 91 25% 89% $1,996 20% 73 11% $27.48 8%
St. Patrick's Day 164 -2% 68% $2,038 22% 74 12% $27.70 9%
Friday before Easter 67 34% 94% $2,014 21% 73 12% $27.52 8%
Saturday before Easter 61 37% 89% $2,162 30% 72 10% $30.11 18%
Easter Sunday 319 -31% 52% $1,885 13% 58 -12% $32.50 28%
Cinco de Mayo 100 18% 71% $2,342 41% 80 22% $29.27 15%
Friday before Mother's Day 5 54% 97% $2,240 35% 83 27% $26.98 6%
Saturday before Mother's Day 1 60% 93% $2,418 45% 75 14% $32.26 27%
Mother's Day 40 44% 71% $2,852 71% 76 17% $37.29 47%
Friday before Memorial Day 18 50% 99% $2,132 28% 79 21% $26.95 6%
Saturday before Memorial Day 58 38% 93% $2,099 26% 68 4% $30.74 21%
Memorial Day 340 -36% 59% $1,536 -8% 57 -13% $26.91 6%
Friday before Father's Day 3 56% 100% $2,201 32% 81 24% $27.03 6%
Saturday before Father's Day 7 52% 95% $2,264 36% 72 10% $31.53 24%
Father's Day 96 22% 73% $2,360 42% 71 8% $33.22 31%
4th of July 356 -44% 49% $1,616 -3% 57 -13% $28.48 12%
Friday before Labor Day 22 48% 98% $2,134 28% 81 23% $26.41 4%
Saturday before Labor Day 42 43% 92% $2,204 32% 72 11% $30.44 20%
Labor Day 337 -35% 59% $1,560 -6% 59 -10% $26.37 4%
Halloween 224 -12% 90% $1,382 -17% 61 -7% $22.70 -11%
Thanksgiving Eve 115 9% 85% $1,798 8% 65 0% $27.55 8%
Thanksgiving 364 -79% 18% $1,611 -3% 37 -44% $43.83 72%
Christmas Eve 363 -53% 51% $1,301 -22% 42 -36% $31.19 23%
Christmas Day 365 -86% 14% $1,428 -14% 40 -39% $35.66 40%
New Year's Eve 142 2% 73% $1,983 19% 65 -1% $30.54 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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