For many families, restaurant visits were one of the first things to go when the economy began sliding in 2007.
Now, the kids appear to be coming back.
After several years of weak traffic, this summer saw a slight year-over-year gain in the number of restaurant visits by groups that included children. That’s according to researchers at The NPD Group, which closely tracks the food service industry and other retail segments.
The 1 percent year-over-year increase in restaurant visits with kids during June, July and August isn’t much. Still, NPD says it could be a sign that business is starting to pick up for the restaurant industry.
Although childless diners may not love their pint-sized counterparts, families are an important demographic for the industry. For all of last year, NPD said groups that included kids accounted for $70 billion in sales, and 14 billion meals and snacks. That was out of a total $386 billion in sales and 59 billion restaurant visits.
Readers, are you eating out more with your kids?