The number of visits to retail restaurants decreased 3% in 2009, according to the market research company NPD Group. Visits to quick serve/fast food restaurants increased slightly in 2009, but visits to midscale restaurants and fine dining restaurants declined by 2% each. The ongoing unemployment crisis has motivated diners to trade down, or to eliminate their restaurant dining altogether.
The total number of retail jobs in the U.S. retail restaurant industry decreased in 2009. This is only the second annual decrease the industry has suffered in 50 years. There are currently 12.7 million people employed in the U.S. retail restaurant industry. At the end of 2009 there were approximately 945,000 restaurant and food service outlets in the U.S.
According to the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Performance Index the restaurant industry scaled back its development plans for all of 2008 and 2009. Considering recent results, the expansion by multi-unit retail restaurants in 2010 seems ambitious, judging from the 2010 retail openings list.
Most of the largest multi-unit restaurant companies in the U.S. are publicly traded on the U.S. stock exchange, not privately owned. This is a complete list of publicly traded restaurant companies in the U.S. retail industry and their stock symbols. This list is arranged alphabetically according to the company name.
Publicly Traded Retail Multi-Unit Restaurant Chains:
Ark Restaurants Corp.
BJ's Restaurants, Inc.
Bob Evans Farms, Inc.
Brazil Fast Food Corp.
Brinker International, Inc.
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.
Burger King Holdings, Inc.
California Pizza Kitchen, Inc.
Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.
CEC Entertainment, Inc.
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
CKE Restaurants, Inc.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
Darden Restaurants, Inc.
Domino's Pizza, Inc.
Eat At Joe's Ltd.
Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc.
Famous Dave's of America, Inc.
Famous Uncle Al's Hot Dogs & Grille, Inc.
Fog Cutter Capital Group Inc.
Frisch's Restaurants, Inc.
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