Forecasting the Future of Restaurants using Data with Hudson Riehle
Episode 222nd May 2020 • Order Up • National Restaurant Association
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With all the stay at home orders in place thanks to COVID-19, the restaurant industry has taken a hit to put it mildly. The National Restaurant Association has an in-house research team that has actively been looking at the numbers and true scope of job and revenue losses in the industry.

Hudson Riehle is the Senior Vice President of Research and he is joining us today to discuss, in depth, what the numbers are showing us about the effects of the pandemic and forecasts we can make in terms of how restaurants can adapt.

Hudson explains the chain reaction of restaurant closures and how that directly impacts the entire supply chain as well as consumer behavior. He also discusses the different ways that restaurants can adapt to their new normal. Although things are looking dire, he does offer some hope on the horizon: a year from now restaurants will start seeing a return to more normal operations.

  • [00:45] - Interview with Hudson Riehle
  • [02:06] - The current state of the restaurant industry
  • [04:30] - Ripples down the supply chain
  • [07:24] - Getting back to normal
  • [19:03] - Sponsor: ServSafe
  • [19:19] - Each customer's effect on the bottom line
  • [23:09] - Returning to pre-COVID employment levels
  • [30:30] - Environment of uncertainty
  • [36:03] - Sponsor: ServSafe

Hudson Riehle is the Senior Vice President of the Research and Knowledge Group at the National Restaurant Association. 

Michael McGuinnes is a multimedia producer for the National Restaurant Association.

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