Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Half of All Chinese Restaurants in the United States Are Closed, According to Study

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the restaurant industry in the United States, a particularly hard-hit area of the industry is one that might not come as a real surprise.

Restaurant Business is reporting that 51% of all Chinese restaurants in the country are closed for takeout and delivery for at least the time being, with the article showing that the next largest percentage of closures is Indian restaurants at 21%. The study, which comes from Womply (a credit card processing company whose data comes from over 400,000 transactions), looks at the number of dining spots that were closed as of last week, with Restaurant Business mentioning that the study shows the inordinately high numbers of Chinese restaurants closed is due at least in part to "consumer prejudice and misperceptions."

The data shows that dining spots featuring chicken wings have fared better than all other categories looked at, with only 8% of those eateries being closed for now.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]