According to the National Restaurant Association, approximately 14 million Americans will dine in restaurants on Thanksgiving, and 16 million Americans will order takeout to help add to their Thanksgiving meal. The survey was administered to about 1,000 adult Americans, and backed up by decades of economic analysis of dining behavior on this holiday.
The reasons for dining out are numerous, but this group of 16 million Americans only constitutes about six percent of the population. The majority of Americans will still be dining at their own homes on Thanksgiving, while a slightly smaller group will be dining at someone else’s home. An even smaller group of three percent is not planning any special meal at all for the holiday.
While there are many reasons for dining out on Thanksgiving, many Americans might have noticed the increased cost in food, an average Thanksgiving meal may cost 13% more this year than last year. Others simply don’t have the ability to cook because they are traveling, prefer going to restaurants over dining at home on special occasions, are going out because whoever is hosting them prefers not to cook, or they simply do not have sufficient space to host a large Thanksgiving event. Among those who are ordering take-out for all of their meal or simply to supplement it, convenience is the chief reason for doing so.
Whatever option you may choose for Thanksgiving this year, rest assured that your favorite restaurants will be able to ease some of the burden if you’re the one left cooking.
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