How does the Restaurant Industry Look Like in 2021?

schedule 04 August share 26 Shares

The COVID-19 crisis has forever changed most of the functions of the Restaurant Industry. How do we predict supply?. So How do we arrange labor? How we configure our kitchens to meet remote demand, and how consumers visit restaurants. Summer is “normal” again, and the situation is different with the return of capabilities and customers. So They will continue to be different.

What You Need to Know About the Restaurant Industry

Understanding and monitoring the economic structure of the catering industry is an indispensable part of business operations.

As a marketing and financial service provider for the restaurant industry. Rewards Network has unique insights into the industry through the data we receive from more than 10,000 restaurants.

We also monitor major restaurant trends through common indicators and publicly reported indexes. So Restaurant owners and operators should also check these indicators to gain. A deeper understanding of the catering industry to help them make business decisions.

Restaurant Performance Index

The composite index is released by the American Restaurant Association. At the end of each month to track the health and prospects of the American restaurant industry.

 This is done by investigating various industry indicators of restaurant operators and understanding your current and future perspectives. So data points include capital expenditures, restaurant traffic, same-store sales, labor, personnel, and business conditions.

At present, the prospects of the industry are very optimistic. So this indicator shows a strong ability to finance expansion or additional capital expenditures. But relying on a single indicator is not a responsible decision.

Same-Store Sales Metrics

The National Chain Report, also issued by the National Hotel Association. It is a good indicator of the overall health of the hotel and provides a guide for the results of the hotel sector.

 In addition to the Nation Chain report. Another good place to find same-store sales indicators is quarterly. Annual reports submitted by listed companies for businesses and restaurants in your area. Which can help you understand the stability of the market and the available traffic.

 To maintain your business. Business Insider also reported that in January 2014, restaurant and bar sales increased 11.3% year on year. The largest increase of all types of business.

The Rewards Network obtains data from more than 10,000 restaurants. So It uses the same in-store sales method to track trends across geographic regions. Review market segment growth, and our customers’ project success factors. We use this as an internal indicator to measure the health of our customers’ businesses.

 This indicator may be beneficial when you want to expand, change or advance your business through capital expenditures.

Consumer Price Index

This monthly data reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is another indicator worthy of tracking by companies and individuals.

 CPI is an indicator that measures the weighted average price of a “basket” of consumer goods and services (such as transportation, food, and medical care). The metric is calculated by taking the price changes of each item. Placing them according to their importance, and then averaging them.

The change in CPI is regarded as a barometer of the cost of living. CPI is an economic indicator that is widely used to measure the effectiveness of inflation and government policies. As a guide for making economic decisions.

 Consumer spending in the “service” category, including restaurants, recovered from the modest growth in the first half of 2014. As service spending increased in the third quarter after increasing 1.3% and 0.9% in the first and first quarters 2.5%. The second quarter, respectively.

Consumer Sentiment Index

The University of Michigan Consumer Confidence Index is designed to measure consumer confidence. It is a monthly report that indicates economic growth or decline based on the likelihood that consumers will increase or decrease spending.

The report is based on at least 500 telephone interviews. Conducted on a sample of the continental United States and contains 50 basic questions. These questions are designed to understand how consumers view their financial situation. The overall economy in the short term, and the overall economy in the long term.

 Preliminary results in February 2015 showed that. Consumer optimism fell by 4.6% in early February due to concerns about employment and wage growth. But consumer sentiment rose by 14.7%. Consumer report for February 2014.

 Use our customer sentiment index customer trend reports and survey analysis, such as the restaurant index. Based on the results, restaurant owners can use these tools to define a tactical plan for improvement. It just takes a deep breath, because the ratings indicate that things are going well.

Paying close attention to these indexes will provide you. A good benchmark for the health of the catering industry and consumers.

At Rewards Network, we use these numbers and compare them with the performance of our planned restaurants. This helps us evaluate our effectiveness. Guides us to countries and regions where. We have the opportunity to cooperate with more restaurants and assist us in product development. It provides suitable tools and services for the catering industry.

With this industry knowledge. Rewards Network has developed Premier Restaurant Funding to provide the level of merchant cash advances our customers are looking for.

How The Restaurant Industry Has Changed Over The Past 10 years

In recent years, the catering industry has undergone tremendous changes. Mainly due to the same factors that affect most other industries: technology, increased female leadership roles, and lifestyle changes.

 What we accept as the norm today is only in a short period of time. Look at some of the changes in the catering industry in the past decade!

Speed and Efficiency

With a large number of new applications being created every week, customer expectations have undergone a radical shift.

Speed and efficiency have new meanings for every element of the restaurant experience, from booking to ordering and payment. Customers want things to be done quickly, efficiently, and correctly the first time. There is no shortage of technical options to help restaurant owners provide the best service to their customers.

Open Concept Kitchens

More and more restaurants are turning to open kitchens, and the new “nothing to hide” mentality quickly permeates. The entire industry, from informal places to more formal places.

In other words, the kitchen staff of these restaurants now need to pay more attention to their appearance and their conversations during working hours. So that they are exposed to customers.


In the past decade, the frequency of people eating out has increased exponentially. Eating out is no longer for special occasions (or even groups of people!).

 What does this mean for restaurants? Menu changes, new additions, regular re-evaluation of the menu. The needs to stand out are on the menus of many places that want to be the most popular corner.


There is a relatively new and compelling presence in the restaurant industry: women. Entering the traditional masculine environment, as in many other industries. Women are widely known among the top chefs in culinary schools and internationally renowned restaurants.

Knowledgeable Guests

The guests who visit the restaurant know more about what is happening in their restaurant than ever before. Customers now have a better understanding of the actual cost of food, the quality of the product.

What they should pay for a meal, and are more likely to comment on your design options (such as decoration). Typical customers have more diverse tastes and feel comfortable with the flavor combination that was reserved for elites 10 years ago.

Social Media

The Internet and social media have completely changed every industry, and the catering industry is no exception.

Professional critics are no longer the terminator of all new restaurants; your opinion is important, but sites like Yelp and Google My Business mean that the opinions of returning customers. They can make or destroy a restaurant’s reputation.

Bloggers with a large following have created websites dedicated to their love of food and cuisine. Making restaurants more vulnerable to criticism and reviews. Restaurants now need websites and rely at least in part on online and social media praise to attract crowds. Which was almost unheard of 10 years ago.

A fickle customer base. It is difficult to please a customer base with information and options. But this does not prevent them from constantly seeking new and exciting restaurant experiences.

While some positive aspects of this business are time taking. Trends in the restaurant industry are always on the top. The most successful restaurants are always looking for ways to expand their business.

 By keeping up with emerging restaurant trends. Restaurant owners have the opportunity to provide new experiences for their regular customers and attract new diners seeking adventure.

 Read restaurant industry blogs

There are hundreds of catering industry blogs eagerly waiting to be read by restaurant owners like you. We have listed some of our favorite restaurant management blogs, providing us with the information. We need when exploring the latest trends in the restaurant industry.

Stay active on social media

Today, 77% of the American population is active on social media. There is nowhere to keep up with the restaurant industry trends better than lively platforms. Such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Restaurant owners and their hungry diners continue to share their experiences from all over the world. Giving you access to millions of emerging experiences and trends in food and beverages.

Talk to other restaurant owners, managers, and chefs in your community

Although social media allows you to reach people from all over the world. Sometimes the best knowledge is nearby. Keep in touch with community members inside and outside the catering industry and stay inspired throughout the year.

Subscribe to our newsletter


No need to worry, we guarantee there will be no spam