Dining out by the numbers

October 28, 2005

Over the past 10 years, we've been dining out more often, according to a survey by the National Restaurant Association. Here's how some of the numbers add up:

4.2 -- Number of commercially prepared meals eaten per week per person

$1.3 billion -- Restaurant-industry sales on a typical day in 2005

Two out of three -- Proportion of quick-service operators who have added low-carb items to their menu as a result of the low-carb diet trend

Nearly 50 percent -- Percentage of table-service operators reporting that takeout represents a larger proportion of their total sales compared to two years ago

One out of three -- Proportion of consumers who have used curbside takeout at a table-service restaurant

45 percent -- Percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds who have used the Internet to find out information about a restaurant they have not patronized before

12,900 -- Number of eating and drinking places in Maryland in 2004

$7 billion -- Projected 2005 restaurant sales in Maryland

$2,211 -- Amount the typical American household spent on food away from home in 2003

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