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The State of Local Restaurants 2020

RHODE ISLAND


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

Rhode Island is the 2nd-ranked state for average daily restaurant revenue in the country, generating 29% more in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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How much do restaurants in Rhode Island make on an average day?

On a typical day, the average restaurant in Rhode Island brought in $1,743 in revenue. The average restaurant also processed about 47 daily transactions at an average of $37.20 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,743 47 $37.20
National Rank: 2 National Rank: 25 National Rank: 1

 

What days of the week are busiest for Rhode Island restaurants?

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

 

Saturdays were especially huge, with 22% of all restaurant revenue in Rhode Island coming in on that day alone. On the other hand, Tuesdays were the slowest day of the week for Rhode Island restaurants, with only 10% of revenue generated that day.

 

 

Rhode Island restaurants processed an average of 59 daily transactions on Saturdays, more than any other day of the week.

 

 

Rhode Islanders spend more per transaction on weekends, with Saturdays boasting the largest average ticket of the week at $42.73 per ticket. Average ticket price is lowest on Tuesdays, when diners spent an average of $10.74 less than on Saturdays.

 

What time of year do Rhode Island restaurants make the most money?

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

Summer was huge for restaurants in the Ocean 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.

While August may have been the biggest month of the year overall, Mother's Day was responsible for the single-biggest week of the year for Rhode Island restaurants: May 6th through the 12th.

 

Top 5 days for Rhode Island 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. Early fall was also big for restaurants in Rhode Island, accounting for the second biggest day of the year.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

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Mother's Day

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Mother's Day Weekend

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Rhode Island 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 200 -13% 63% $2,035 17% 48 2% $42.55 14%
Super Bowl Sunday 168 -5% 79% $1,778 2% 47 0% $37.95 2%
Valentine's Day 123 21% 89% $2,008 15% 48 3% $41.59 12%
St. Patrick's Day 97 29% 85% $2,242 29% 56 19% $40.24 8%
Friday before Easter 62 43% 93% $2,274 31% 60 29% $37.67 1%
Saturday before Easter 27 54% 94% $2,422 39% 58 23% $41.99 13%
Easter Sunday 133 16% 63% $2,738 57% 44 -7% $62.49 68%
Cinco de Mayo 66 42% 87% $2,411 38% 59 27% $40.69 9%
Friday before Mother's Day 47 46% 97% $2,235 28% 60 28% $37.39 1%
Saturday before Mother's Day 4 74% 94% $2,763 59% 62 33% $44.52 20%
Mother's Day 1 90% 85% $3,309 90% 58 23% $57.32 54%
Friday before Memorial Day 61 43% 96% $2,218 27% 58 23% $38.44 3%
Saturday before Memorial Day 15 62% 92% $2,626 51% 60 29% $43.54 17%
Memorial Day 215 -17% 70% $1,767 1% 49 4% $36.16 -3%
Friday before Father's Day 53 44% 97% $2,211 27% 57 21% $38.92 5%
Saturday before Father's Day 36 51% 96% $2,352 35% 57 21% $41.41 11%
Father's Day 57 44% 88% $2,423 39% 55 17% $44.25 19%
4th of July 322 -39% 56% $1,597 -8% 46 -2% $34.80 -7%
Friday before Labor Day 29 53% 95% $2,387 37% 59 27% $40.21 8%
Saturday before Labor Day 9 68% 95% $2,629 51% 58 25% $44.95 21%
Labor Day 179 -9% 67% $2,013 16% 53 13% $37.90 2%
Halloween 248 -26% 79% $1,389 -20% 45 -5% $31.05 -17%
Thanksgiving Eve 149 4% 84% $1,849 6% 52 12% $35.36 -5%
Thanksgiving 299 -35% 41% $2,336 34% 37 -22% $63.93 72%
Christmas Eve 314 -38% 46% $2,014 16% 39 -18% $52.26 41%
Christmas Day 365 -76% 16% $2,254 29% 45 -3% $49.64 33%
New Year's Eve 84 36% 68% $2,975 71% 59 27% $50.19 35%

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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