Fast casual restaurants remain the winners as the rest of the dining-out market still struggles to climb out of the recession.
Foodservice market research shows visits to fast casual restaurants were up 8 percent in 2013 over the prior year. Meanwhile, the industry overall — and the quick-service segment — were flat year-over-year.
In dollar terms, spending at fast casual restaurants increased by 10 percent last year compared with 2 percent growth at restaurants overall.
Guest check sizes at fast casual restaurants on average were $7.40 last year, higher than the average QSR check of $5.30, but still much lower than the average full-service restaurant visit check of $13.66, according to . As well, the number of fast casual units grew 6 percent last year, to 16,215 locations nationwide, the research firm said.
Source: meatingplace.com, 2-5-2014