New data shows Detroit restaurant recovery slower than in other cities

Detroit restaurants have made it onto a new top 10 list, but this one isn’t exactly worth celebrating.
According to new data from Toast, a popular restaurant management and point-of-sale technology company, restaurant revenue in the city was so low on July 4 it nudged Detroit onto the country’s top 10 revenue-impacted cities list. On that day, Toast reports, revenue in the city’s restaurants was down a full 64% from the previous year.
And though Detroit-specific revenue recovered 20 percentage points in the last few days, Michigan’s most populous city remains on the national top 10 list of restaurant revenue-impacted cities.
Drawn from actual revenues reported by more than 13,000 restaurants in the U.S. who have been using the Toast platform for at least a year, the data offers few reasons to celebrate and instead suggests a long road to recovery a month after Michigan began reopening its restaurants.
Here are a few of the more telling findings:
Additionally, Toast conducted a survey of U.S. consumer attitudes and found that only 19% of respondents were “very comfortable” going out to eat at a restaurant while 40% were “uncomfortable” or “very uncomfortable.” Only 11% of respondents had been to a reopened restaurant.
With case counts dropping, Whitmer issued an executive order allowing bars and restaurants across Michigan to reopen June 8 with limited capacity and other restrictions in place to help stem the spread of COVID-19. However, on July 1, the governor ordered bars in lower and central Michigan to close again due to rising COVID-19 case counts and reports of bars as vector points.
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