Mabel Gray restaurant

Plenty of new indy restaurants like Mabel Gray, near Detroit, continue to open, but 2015 saw a decline in the ranks of full-service independent restaurants.

Report: U.S. restaurant count dipped slightly in last year

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A just-released study from market research firm The NPD Group reveals that the total U.S. restaurant count decreased slightly (-0.6 percent) from a year ago to 629,488 units. The data comes from the company’s count of U.S. commercial restaurant locations compiled twice yearly. According to the company’s Fall 2015 ReCount (which counted restaurants open as of September 30), a 2 percent decline in independent restaurant units “was the sole contributor to the total restaurant decline.” Chain

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