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Drive-thru: Benchmark Q1

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A quick look at daypart data uncovers the most popular drive times and the chains that are getting the traffic.

On average, a limited-service restaurant sees about a third of its drive-thru traffic after dinner.

  • 22%—Breakfast/morning snack
  • 15%—Lunch
  • 17%—Afternoon snack
  • 17%—Dinner
  • 32%—Late-night snack

Chains with the highest % of drive-thru occasions by daypart:

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