Passing The Bar
According to the National Restaurant Association, the restaurant industry will make $1.7 billion in 2012—per day. That translates to $632 billion a year (4 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product), more than $650 thousand per location and a whole lot of spinach and artichoke dip.
Of course, if you've ever waited an hour and forty-five minutes for a table at the local Outback on a Friday night, you already know what the dollar figures suggest: Where there are burgers and beer, there are people. Lots of them.