Fewer Weekends, Slower Sales
It’s been another strong month for fast-casual in September, considering there were only four weekends in the month compared to 2018’s five. Sales are still up at 1.22% for the trailing year. Labor Day saw a nice bump with fast-casual sales up 1.54%.
Sadly full-service was down again, bringing overall numbers for the month down by 2.91% but again, largely due to one less weekend this September. The trailing average for the past 12 months is down by 1.8%.
It’s the start of busy season for the hospitality industry, so it will be interesting to compare how the next few months shape up for both sides of the restaurant business.
About these metrics: The MarginEdge monthly snapshot of DC Metro restaurant sales is based on a sampling of 300+ area restaurants ranging from fast-casual to full-service.