LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) – Michigan restaurants aren’t out of financial danger yet, according to new survey results.
Restaurants across the country took part in a national survey in early September and the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association released results from the state on Monday.
Results show the rebound in business for Michigan restaurants is slowing this fall, which operators blame on the ongoing worker shortage and concerns over rising COVID-19 delta variant case rates. Sales at a majority of restaurants haven’t fully recovered from the coronavirus pandemic.
“As we approach Michigan’s fall and winter seasons and see consumer trends move away from in-person dining due to colder weather outdoors and concerns about the delta variant, the recoil impact to the restaurant industry will be harsh, swift and very concerning,” said Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association President and CEO Justin Winslow.
Nearly a quarter of restaurants reported lower sales in August