1 out of 5 eating places in Indiana are closed, information reveals
Days after a report from the National Restaurant Association revealed that over 110,000 restaurants in the United States closed this year, residents of a particular state are taking an even closer look at how many of their local restaurants have closed their doors for good.
In Indiana, one in five restaurants has closed since the coronavirus pandemic began in March, the NRA report found. Additionally, over 33% of restaurant owners in the state expect to close the store within the next six months if they don’t receive another federal aid package soon.
As the IndyStar reports, that’s a small improvement over the 40% of restaurant owners who said back in September that they couldn’t survive until March 2021 without government help – but 33% is still a high number. (For more information, see the saddest restaurant closings in your state.)
With stay-at-home orders placed earlier this year and capacity constraints currently in place in Indiana, 91% of restaurants in the state of Hoosier say their profits are down 32% year-over-year. Over 80% also assume that this sales drought will continue until the beginning of 2021, reports the IndyStar. Because of this, 29% of property owners are considering voluntarily closing for now – and some in other states have already done so.
To help, the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association is working to raise $ 120 billion in relief and recovery funds for the state restaurants and those involved in the food industry. “It is imperative that the hospitality industry be included in a federal aid package so employees and restaurants can continue to operate,” Patrick Tamm, CEO of the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association, told IndyStar.