NOLA, LA — The restaurants that opened in March in New Orleans and New York City had the biggest drop in sales in a year in the U.S., according to data released Tuesday.
The New York Times first reported the news.
The report also found that the restaurants that closed down during the month of March had the second-highest sales for the month.
According to the report, which is based on data from March to June, the New York restaurant market dropped by 2% in March compared to the same period last year, as well as the other cities in New York.
The New Orleans restaurant market, which includes the area of New Orleans, has seen a steady decline in sales since 2012.
In March, there were 5,073 restaurants, down 7.6% from the previous March.
The other cities with large decreases were Washington, D.C., with 4,812 restaurants, and Atlanta with 3,965 restaurants.
“It is really concerning when the restaurant industry is on the cusp of a second-quarter decline,” said Jennifer Peltz, a spokeswoman for the Restaurant Association of America, which represents the industry’s top four restaurants.
The NY Times also said that there was an uptick in the number of diners buying in-person meals and other items, which are a big part of the restaurant business.
Pellegrino, the NOLS spokesman, declined to discuss the restaurant decline specifically.
He said that it could have been caused by weather conditions, but he could not provide a cause.