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How long will the restaurant boom last?

RB editors discuss the recent sales boom in the industry and wonder how long the industry can keep up this pace.

The restaurant industry has enjoyed some remarkably strong sales so far this year.

The Restaurant Business team of editors want to know how long this will last. Senior Editor Heather Lalley, along with Editor-at-Large Peter Romeo, discuss the recent spate of strong sales numbers.

Numerous chains, including fast-food concepts, casual dining brands and fast-casuals, have seen sales numbers above 2019 levels—and the distributor Sysco says that independents are seeing similar numbers in markets where restaurants are open.

Stimulus checks and a reopening economy are contributing to the sales strength, but those checks will eventually run out and the economy will have to take over. They also discuss delivery and takeout trends and whether those will continue amid the sales boom.

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