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The State of Local Restaurants 2020

PENNSYLVANIA


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

Pennsylvania is the 44th-ranked state for average daily restaurant revenue in the country, generating 27% less in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a typical day, the average restaurant in Pennsylvania brought in $986 in revenue. The average restaurant also processed about 34 daily transactions at an average of $28.70 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$986 34 $28.70
National Rank: 44 National Rank: 47 National Rank: 22

 

What days of the week are busiest for Pennsylvania restaurants?

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

 

Saturdays were especially huge, with 21% of all restaurant revenue in Pennsylvania coming in on that day alone. On the other hand, Mondays were the slowest day of the week for Pennsylvania restaurants, with only 9% of revenue generated that day.

 

 

Pennsylvania restaurants processed an average of 44 daily transactions on Fridays, more than any other day of the week.

 

 

Pennsylvanians spend more per transaction on weekends, with Saturdays boasting the largest average ticket of the week at $32.92 per ticket. Average ticket price is lowest on Mondays, when diners spent an average of $7.85 less than on Saturdays.

 

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

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

May was the biggest month of the year overall for restaurants in the Keystone 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 3rd.

 

Top 5 days for Pennsylvania 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. Valentine's Day was also big from a single-day perspective for restaurants in Pennsylvania, as the Saturday after the holiday was the third biggest day of the year overall.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

5/12/19

Mother's Day

2/16/19

President's Day Weekend

4/27/19

3/30/19

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Pennsylvania 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 358 -49% 44% $961 -3% 29 -14% $32.70 14%
Super Bowl Sunday 126 7% 75% $1,178 20% 37 7% $32.03 12%
Valentine's Day 97 28% 89% $1,196 21% 38 10% $31.68 10%
St. Patrick's Day 117 8% 77% $1,172 19% 37 8% $31.75 11%
Friday before Easter 7 63% 95% $1,430 45% 47 37% $30.29 6%
Saturday before Easter 53 47% 92% $1,324 34% 41 18% $32.69 14%
Easter Sunday 272 -27% 45% $1,338 36% 29 -16% $46.55 62%
Cinco de Mayo 112 11% 79% $1,167 18% 37 8% $31.50 10%
Friday before Mother's Day 12 61% 97% $1,371 39% 46 34% $29.73 4%
Saturday before Mother's Day 1 73% 95% $1,518 54% 43 26% $35.04 22%
Mother's Day 2 72% 80% $1,780 81% 39 14% $45.43 58%
Friday before Memorial Day 33 50% 99% $1,260 28% 43 26% $29.18 2%
Saturday before Memorial Day 86 38% 95% $1,204 22% 37 8% $32.59 14%
Memorial Day 356 -49% 49% $868 -12% 31 -10% $28.23 -2%
Friday before Father's Day 16 56% 100% $1,301 32% 43 26% $30.02 5%
Saturday before Father's Day 40 49% 97% $1,276 30% 38 11% $33.51 17%
Father's Day 99 23% 80% $1,276 30% 36 4% $35.88 25%
4th of July 359 -51% 49% $841 -15% 29 -16% $29.09 1%
Friday before Labor Day 31 51% 96% $1,311 33% 45 32% $28.87 1%
Saturday before Labor Day 91 36% 91% $1,238 26% 39 15% $31.41 9%
Labor Day 349 -45% 50% $910 -8% 32 -7% $28.53 -1%
Halloween 179 -6% 84% $934 -5% 35 1% $27.03 -6%
Thanksgiving Eve 98 24% 82% $1,248 27% 41 20% $30.40 6%
Thanksgiving 364 -56% 29% $1,262 28% 27 -23% $47.43 65%
Christmas Eve 267 -26% 55% $1,129 15% 27 -22% $41.93 46%
Christmas Day 365 -80% 17% $985 0% 25 -28% $39.75 39%
New Year's Eve 165 -3% 66% $1,219 24% 34 0% $35.49 24%

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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