Counter service new restaurant starts never exceeded the number new of sit-down locations. Even during the height of the pandemic.

Chart: The number of new sit-down restaurants in the U.S versus counter service from the beginning of the pandemic until now,

Sit-Down vs. Counter Service
Sit down Counter Service
7/28/2022 252 118
7/21/2022 306 133
7/7/2022 315 143
6/30/2022 261 158
6/23/2022 254 140
6/16/2022 297 151
6/9/2022 233 139
6/2/2022 243 175
5/26/2022 290 161
5/19/2022 247 129
5/12/2022 258 111
5/5/2022 239 130
4/28/2022 268 122
4/21/2022 278 137
4/14/2022 203 161
4/7/2022 260 188
3/31/2022 255 149
3/25/2022 217 121
3/17/2022 240 163
3/10/2022 272 165
3/3/2022 251 152
2/24/2022 281 151
2/17/2022 217 126
2/10/2022 232 125
2/3/2022 220 140
1/27/2022 230 151
1/20/2022 179 138
1/13/2022 203 105
1/6/2022 224 160
12/30/2021 238 143
12/16/2021 225 158
12/9/2021 256 155
12/2/2021 276 173
11/18/2021 253 130
11/11/2021 267 193
11/4/2021 231 156
10/28/2021 275 154
10/22/2021 224 144
10/15/2021 256 174
10/7/2021 243 104
9/30/2021 252 124
9/23/2021 251 128
9/16/2021 265 161
9/9/2021 226 169
9/2/2021 226 119
8/26/2021 296 183
8/19/2021 226 60
8/12/2021 283 144
8/5/2021 295 177
7/29/2021 315 191
7/22/2021 302 206
7/15/2021 303 148
7/1/2021 258 172
6/24/2021 294 208
6/17/2021 272 182
6/10/2021 282 144
6/3/2021 256 201
5/27/2021 268 189
5/20/2021 273 157
5/13/2021 268 162
5/6/2021 288 199
4/29/2021 250 181
4/22/2021 235 163
4/15/2021 264 193
4/8/2021 296 171
4/1/2021 213 169
3/25/2021 240 169
3/18/2021 243 81
3/11/2021 256 203
3/4/2021 233 187
2/25/2021 242 182
2/18/2021 212 175
2/11/2021 338 315
2/4/2021 148 121
1/28/2021 167 140
1/21/2021 153 118
1/14/2021 273 200
1/7/2021 194 173
12/31/2020 203 160
12/17/2020 224 148
12/10/2020 215 181
12/3/2020 238 196
11/19/2020 240 169
11/12/2020 285 205
11/5/2020 276 220
10/29/2020 218 189
10/22/2020 253 260
10/15/2020 262 234
10/8/2020 253 248
10/1/2020 210 215
9/24/2020 252 246
9/17/2020 221 178
9/10/2020 207 177
9/3/2020 188 182
8/27/2020 244 226
8/20/2020 216 186
8/13/2020 232 227
8/6/2020 231 197
7/30/2020 266 218
7/23/2020 178 157
7/16/2020 228 216
7/9/2020 309 229
6/25/2020 190 131
6/18/2020 213 159
6/11/2020 122 124
6/4/2020 174 151
5/28/2020 155 137
5/21/2020 159 107
5/14/2020 170 154
5/7/2020 170 133
4/30/2020 158 130
4/23/2020 185 148
4/16/2020 253 233
4/9/2020 108 71
4/2/2020 181 134
3/26/2020 270 25