It feels like American cities are coming back to life. But some are coming back faster than others. The figure above plots the percent change in restaurant diners compared to the same week in 2019 from OpenTable. Overall, most Americans are back in force, restaurant traffic is up 40% for the United states as a whole and much higher in cities in states like Texas and Arizona. In Houston the number of diners has doubled. But other states still have not come back; restaurant traffic is still down more than 30% in cities like San Francisco and New York. It could be because these cities are more dependent or tourism (though dining in Miami is up 80%), more restaurants have closed, or their residents are still reluctant to dine out.
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