As more and more Americans opt to eat out, the restaurant
industry share of the food dollar is increasing. In 1955, restaurants captured
just 25% of the total household dollars spent on food. By 2005, the restaurant
share grew to 47%. This is expected to climb to 53% by 2010.
Average household expenditure for food away from home in 2003
was $2,211 or $884 per person with more affluent households, employed adults living
alone and husband/wife only households spending considerably more.
Households with incomes of $70,000+
Employed persons living alone
Average of all households
$1,441 per capita
$1,620 per capita
$1,265 per capita
$ 789 per capita
$ 884 per capita
Tourists represent a significant spending segment to
restaurants. According to National Restaurant Association research, more than
two-thirds of table service restaurant operators reported that tourists are important
to their business. Among establishments with higher check sizes, approximately
40 percent of revenues at table service restaurants with check sizes of $25 or
more come from tourists. Tourists account for roughly 15-30 percent of revenues
at table service restaurants with average check sizes of less than $25.