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The State of Local Restaurants 2020

WASHINGTON


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

Washington is the 11th-ranked state for average daily restaurant revenue in the country, generating 12% more in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a typical day, the average restaurant in Washington brought in $1,511 in revenue. The average restaurant also processed about 55 daily transactions at an average of $27.52 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,511 55 $27.52
National Rank: 11 National Rank: 6 National Rank: 26

 

What days of the week are busiest for Washington restaurants?

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

 

Saturdays were especially huge, with 19% of all restaurant revenue in Washington coming in on that day alone. On the other hand, Mondays were the slowest day of the week for Washington restaurants, with only 10% of revenue generated that day.

 

 

Washington restaurants processed an average of 63 daily transactions on Fridays, more than any other day of the week.

 

 

Washingtonians spend more per transaction on weekends, with Saturdays boasting the largest average ticket of the week at $32.54 per ticket. Average ticket price is lowest on Mondays, when diners spent an average of $8.79 less than on Saturdays.

 

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

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

Summer was huge for restaurants in the Evergreen State. June and August were the top months of the year, and 9 of the top 10 weeks of the year were in the months of June, July, and August.

June 10th through the 16th (the week of Father's Day) was also the single-biggest week of the year for Washington restaurants.

 

Top 5 days for Washington restaurants

Spring was responsible for the biggest day of the year, and a total of two of the top five days of the year overall. Father's Day and Mother's Day were also big from a single-day perspective for restaurants in Washington, accounting for the third and fifth biggest days of the year, respectively.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

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4/27/19

6/15/19

Father's Day Weekend

6/8/19

5/12/19

Mother's Day

Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday Sunday

 

Washington 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 331 -32% 56% $1,572 4% 46 -16% $33.99 24%
Super Bowl Sunday 319 -29% 68% $1,349 -11% 46 -16% $29.38 7%
Valentine's Day 99 15% 86% $1,742 15% 58 6% $29.97 9%
St. Patrick's Day 142 4% 74% $1,843 22% 60 9% $30.67 11%
Friday before Easter 49 37% 96% $1,852 23% 66 21% $27.96 2%
Saturday before Easter 24 43% 91% $2,039 35% 64 17% $31.83 16%
Easter Sunday 224 -11% 68% $1,700 13% 52 -6% $32.85 19%
Cinco de Mayo 83 23% 79% $2,039 35% 64 16% $31.96 16%
Friday before Mother's Day 59 34% 97% $1,786 18% 66 19% $27.27 -1%
Saturday before Mother's Day 6 50% 93% $2,089 38% 64 17% $32.50 18%
Mother's Day 5 51% 80% $2,465 63% 63 14% $39.43 43%
Friday before Memorial Day 46 37% 99% $1,797 19% 64 17% $28.09 2%
Saturday before Memorial Day 33 41% 92% $1,982 31% 61 11% $32.59 18%
Memorial Day 241 -14% 72% $1,546 2% 53 -4% $29.17 6%
Friday before Father's Day 7 49% 99% $1,944 29% 66 21% $29.25 6%
Saturday before Father's Day 3 53% 93% $2,129 41% 64 16% $33.40 21%
Father's Day 48 37% 81% $2,201 46% 61 11% $36.02 31%
4th of July 334 -32% 63% $1,406 -7% 49 -11% $28.82 5%
Friday before Labor Day 47 37% 95% $1,858 23% 62 13% $29.93 9%
Saturday before Labor Day 60 33% 89% $1,936 28% 59 8% $32.64 19%
Labor Day 248 -15% 69% $1,612 7% 53 -3% $30.32 10%
Halloween 245 -15% 88% $1,257 -17% 52 -5% $24.03 -13%
Thanksgiving Eve 164 0% 83% $1,568 4% 55 0% $28.64 4%
Thanksgiving 363 -59% 36% $1,453 -4% 39 -29% $37.34 36%
Christmas Eve 361 -47% 55% $1,267 -16% 37 -33% $34.49 25%
Christmas Day 365 -76% 21% $1,483 -2% 39 -29% $37.78 37%
New Year's Eve 185 -4% 73% $1,706 13% 51 -7% $33.23 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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