Restaurants and the recession
In 2012, the Washington Restaurant Association counted 1,366 restaurants in Snohomish County. The average does $631,932 in annual sales and employs roughly a dozen people.
Snohomish County restaurants
Asian and American cuisines dominate local menus, though coffee shops and places that offer dessert are growing, too.
Market share by cuisine
|Coffee and desserts||14%||15%||16%||16%|
|Pizza and Italian||11%||13%||12%||12%|
|Delis, sandwiches and subs||9%||9%||8%||7%|
|Pubs, bars and taverns||5%||5%||5%||5%|
In Washington and the U.S., the hot thing is healthy kids' entrees, said Anthony Anton, the nonprofit's president and CEO. People are looking for fruit instead of fries, baked instead of grilled, grilled instead of fried.
Diners also want local, sustainable meat, seafood, poultry, fruits and vegetables, he said.
"People are really relating to 'Hey, this is from my area, I ought to give this a try,'" he said.
It's a tough industry. Employment rates are crawling back up, but owners still are struggling to find financing to grow. Half of restaurants go out of business or change hands every five years, Anton said.
Employees per establishment
|100 or more||1%||1%||1%||1%|
In past recessions, people visited restaurants less often, saving the experience for special occasions. Today's diners are busier, Anton said. They like to eat out to relax, and to spend time with family and friends, without the cooking and cleanup.
People are, however, more thrifty, visiting places a bit less fancy. They are ordering fewer appetizers, fewer drinks -- the chicken instead of the rib eye.
Establishment gross sales
|Less than $500,000||66%||79%||68%||68%|
|$500,000 to $1 million||19%||15%||17%||17%|
|$1 million to $2.5 million||12%||5%||13%||12%|
|$2.5 million or more||3%||1%||2%||2%|
Percentages are rounded. Source: Washington Restaurant Association, which draws some data from the state departments of Revenue and Employment Security.
More about the restaurant business
Washington Restaurant Association: www.wrahome.com
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