US restaurant operators pessimistic on rising food costs

Published on
August 22, 2022
A commercial kitchen in New York City

Soaring food and labor costs are making U.S. restaurant operators are increasingly pessimistic about business conditions.

Forty-six percent of U.S. restaurant operators say business conditions are worse now than three months ago, according to a new National Restaurant Association survey, and 85 percent said their restaurant is less profitable than it was in 2019. Eighty-eight percent of operators said their total food and beverage costs are higher than 2019, while 65 percent said their total …

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