Hurricane Isaias’ impact on restaurant sales hint at what to expect this winter

This article was written Alicia Kelso with Restaurant Dive.

  • Hurricane Isaias, which hit the East Coast during the first week of August, dipped restaurant sales along the East Coast by 11%. Connecticut (-24%), New Jersey (-17%), New York (-17%), Massachusetts (-13%) and Rhode Island (-12%) were the hardest hit states, according to new data from Upserve.
  • Sales declines were due to restaurants losing power and the ability to host outdoor dining service. Fast casual restaurants were largely insulated, however, with a 17% increase in sales from the week prior. All other segments were down. 

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