The State of Local Restaurants - California

THE STATE OF LOCAL RESTAURANTS

California


 

We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2017 calendar year at 26,000 small, independent restaurants across America. The result is a comprehensive look at when restaurants earn the most money, when they seat the most guests, and which states make the most dough from patrons who #eatlocal.

What we learned about California
California is the 4th-ranked state for restaurants. For the most part, restaurants in The Golden State follow the national trends and averages, the biggest exceptions being significantly higher-than-average ticket size and high daily sales revenue.

Understanding this report
To understand the average day for restaurants in America, we took a multidimensional look at their performance. We specifically looked at:

  • Transactions: How many individual payments restaurants process.
  • Ticket Size: How much patrons spend on average per transaction.
  • Daily Sales Revenue: How much revenue restaurants make per day.

 

THE AVERAGE DAY FOR CALIFORNIA RESTAURANTS

Restaurants in California rank 5th for the average number of transactions each day, 4th for average ticket size, and 4th for average daily revenues. All told, this makes The Golden State the 4th-ranked state for restaurants.

Transactions Ticket Size Sales Revenue
56 $41 $2,343
National Rank: 5 National Rank: 4 National Rank: 4

 

 

CALIFORNIA WEEKDAYS COMPARED TO WEEKENDS

Like most states, restaurants in California see more revenue, more transactions, and higher average ticket sizes on the weekend.

 

CALIFORNIA’S AVERAGE WEEK

Here we see a day-by-day look at the average daily sales revenue in California compared to the national averages. California mostly follows the national trend with the exception of slightly lower sales on Friday and higher-than-average Sundays in terms of percentage of weekly sales.

 

THE AVERAGE YEAR FOR CALIFORNIA RESTAURANTS

On a national level, sales revenues only have a subtle variation from month to month. That holds true for California.

 

 

TOP 5 DAYS FOR CALIFORNIA RESTAURANTS

Here are the top revenue-generating days for restaurants in California. Like many states, Mother’s Day weekend and Father’s Day are among the best.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5
MAY 14Mother’s Day MAY 13Mother’s Day Weekend MAR 11 JUN 18Father’s Day MAR 25
SUNDAY SATURDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY SATURDAY

 

CALIFORNIA RESTAURANTS ON PROMINENT DAYS

Restaurants put a lot of focus and work into big events and holidays, but how do the most prominent days rank compared to the rest of the year and the average day?

Day Rank/365 Daily Sales Change in sales Number of transactions Change in Transaction Volume Avg Ticket Size Change in
Avg Ticket
Super Bowl 269 $1,865 -20.42% 46 -18.39% $40.53 -1.61%
Valentines Day 88 $2,841 21.23% 59 4.39% $48.27 17.18%
St. Patrick’s 78 $2,894 23.53% 72 27.78% $40.18 -2.45%
Cinco De Mayo 79 $2,889 23.32% 70 24.75% $41.09 -0.26%
Mother’s Day 1 $3,998 70.65% 69 22.06% $58.11 41.07%
Father’s Day 4 $3,446 47.06% 65 14.94% $53.18 29.10%
July 4th 328 $1,649 -29.61% 39 -31.24% $42.55 3.29%
Day before T-giving 153 $2,464 5.14% 57 1.89% $42.89 4.12%
Thanksgiving 364 $1,314 -43.93% 21 -63.05% $63.07 53.10%
Christmas Eve 164 $2,299 -1.87% 39 -31.07% $59.17 43.64%
Christmas 365 $1,040 -55.63% 17 -70.56% $62.65 52.08%
New Year’s Eve 50 $3,109 32.69% 55 -1.65% $56.07 36.12%

 

Methodology
Womply analyzed daily revenue for 25,893 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for all 365 days of the 2017 calendar year. Restaurants were only qualified for the analysis if Womply had a full year of transaction history and the business recorded multiple transactions per day, on average. Category and overall state rankings are based on a composite score of each state’s transactions, average ticket sizes, and overall daily revenue.

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