The Number of U.S. Restaurants Is Dropping


While it at times seems that New York has more restaurants than people, the number of restaurants in this country is actually smaller than it was last year.

Nation’s Restaurant News reports that a survey by the NPD Group has found that there are 5,204 fewer restaurants in the U.S. than there were in the spring of 2009. The 1 percent decline most affected independent quick- and full-service restaurants, which lost 5,093 units.

Chains, unsurprisingly, aren’t having such a difficult time, and some are even thriving. Five Guys Burgers and Fries, for example, opened 171 locations in 2009 and is now planning to spread its gospel overseas. And, of course, there’s Subway, which shows no sign of slowing down, especially in Lower Manhattan.