Deep Dive: Connecticut restaurant reservations up 32% from August 2019

On Deep Dive this week, we are looking at dining trends in Connecticut. Caleb Silver is the editor-in-chief of Investopedia, and he looked at data from OpenTable.com, which is an online restaurant reservation service company.
Silver says Connecticut is doing the best of the tri-state area in terms of restaurant reservations, which are up 32% from August of 2019.
He says that means a lot more people are dining out. Although, some of the boost in reservations could be the summer trend as more people are dining out, but overall, he attributes the increase to less pandemic restrictions.
Silver says Connecticut had a $9 billion industry in 2019, but it saw a lot of impacts across the sector through the pandemic.
It employed 160,000 people in 2019, but 600 restaurants closed in 2020 amid the pandemic, and 92,000 jobs were lost just in the restaurant and hospitality industry.