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The State of Local Restaurants 2020

SOUTH DAKOTA


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

South Dakota is the 43rd-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 South Dakota make on an average day?

On a typical day, the average restaurant in South Dakota brought in $986 in revenue. The average restaurant also processed about 34 daily transactions at an average of $29.12 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$986 34 $29.12
National Rank: 43 National Rank: 48 National Rank: 20

 

What days of the week are busiest for South Dakota restaurants?

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

 

Saturdays were especially huge, with 22% of all restaurant revenue in South Dakota coming in on that day alone. On the other hand, Mondays were the slowest day of the week for South Dakota restaurants, with only 9% of revenue generated that day.

 

 

South Dakota restaurants processed an average of 49 daily transactions on Saturdays, more than any other day of the week.

 

 

South Dakotans spend more per transaction on weekends, with Saturdays boasting the largest average ticket of the week at $30.34 per ticket. Average ticket price remains fairly consistent throughout the week except for Tuesdays, when diners spent an average of $3.07 less than on Saturdays.

 

What time of year do South Dakota restaurants make the most money?

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

Summer was huge for restaurants in the Mount Rushmore State. August was the top month of the year, and 7 of the top 10 weeks of the year were in the months of June, July, and August, including the single-biggest week of the year for South Dakota restaurants: July 29th through August 4th.

 

Top 5 days for South Dakota restaurants

The top days of the year for South Dakota restuarants were spread throughout the year, with top days falling in fall, spring, during Labor Day weekend, the middle of summer, and even during the holidays.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

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8/31/19

Labor Day Weekend

7/27/19

12/7/19

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South Dakota 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 278 -30% 56% $1,053 7% 38 12% $27.84 -4%
Super Bowl Sunday 257 -26% 74% $840 -15% 28 -17% $29.99 3%
Valentine's Day 93 23% 85% $1,208 23% 37 9% $32.62 12%
St. Patrick's Day 155 0% 73% $1,151 17% 42 23% $27.64 -5%
Friday before Easter 63 46% 89% $1,370 39% 44 30% $31.02 7%
Saturday before Easter 83 38% 88% $1,309 33% 42 23% $31.32 8%
Easter Sunday 344 -48% 58% $758 -23% 20 -41% $37.62 29%
Cinco de Mayo 112 14% 71% $1,356 38% 47 39% $28.92 -1%
Friday before Mother's Day 59 48% 93% $1,335 35% 41 22% $32.36 11%
Saturday before Mother's Day 20 66% 93% $1,503 53% 44 30% $34.16 17%
Mother's Day 40 57% 79% $1,666 69% 42 24% $39.60 36%
Friday before Memorial Day 67 45% 97% $1,255 27% 42 23% $30.06 3%
Saturday before Memorial Day 68 45% 98% $1,240 26% 38 13% $32.34 11%
Memorial Day 261 -27% 63% $975 -1% 32 -7% $30.79 6%
Friday before Father's Day 82 39% 97% $1,202 22% 38 13% $31.33 8%
Saturday before Father's Day 19 69% 96% $1,476 50% 45 34% $32.47 12%
Father's Day 56 49% 89% $1,398 42% 39 16% $35.59 22%
4th of July 241 -22% 65% $1,003 2% 30 -11% $33.38 15%
Friday before Labor Day 45 54% 96% $1,347 37% 44 30% $30.51 5%
Saturday before Labor Day 3 79% 95% $1,587 61% 52 55% $30.26 4%
Labor Day 219 -17% 61% $1,147 16% 36 6% $32.08 10%
Halloween 176 -7% 88% $882 -11% 34 1% $25.90 -11%
Thanksgiving Eve 135 5% 88% $992 1% 30 -13% $33.49 15%
Thanksgiving 364 -68% 38% $698 -29% 24 -30% $29.46 1%
Christmas Eve 361 -57% 59% $619 -37% 18 -46% $33.90 16%
Christmas Day 365 -84% 17% $812 -18% 24 -28% $33.24 14%
New Year's Eve 106 18% 76% $1,299 32% 38 13% $34.01 17%

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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