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Restaurant sales almost fully recovered in March

Industry sales surged 36% year-over-year, nearly hitting 2019 levels as consumers spent their stimulus checks at any restaurant that was open.

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Technomic’s Top 500 ranking shows how bad 2020 was for casual dining

Sales plunged by more than a quarter and more than 5% of casual dining chains' units were shuttered as the pandemic put restrictions on dine-in service. Olive Garden is now the sector's biggest chain.

Black Box, Facteus both say sales continue to best 2019 levels as consumers continue spending stimulus checks at restaurants.

Reports of shortages of ketchup packets, pickles and even oat milk have come as supply chain challenges increase due to rising demand and a lack of drivers.

The food and games chain aired a long list of planned initiatives it hopes will spur its comeback from a difficult pandemic.

Consumers, stimulus checks in hand, are spending at restaurants, often outpacing 2019 numbers and creating supply chain problems in the process.

The barbecue chain andd its sister concept Granite City Food and Brewery both saw sales soar in March, thanks to easing restrictions, vaccinations and easy comparisons.

Black Box Intelligence data show sales continue to improve, but data from February show the industry has a long way to go for a full recovery.

Steak n Shake is reopening dozens of locations it had temporarily closed over the past two years as the chain's same-store sales have struggled.

The blow from Mother Nature comes as the chain is about to test a new chicken-and-biscuits virtual concept.

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