Deep Dive: Reservations at Connecticut restaurants up but hiring down, expert says
OpenTable is an app that allows users to make reservations at various restaurants in Connecticut and Caleb Silver, of Investopedia, breaks down what the numbers mean.
Silver says restaurant reservations in Connecticut are likely the strongest in the tri-state area, especially over the past six months.
In the month of September, reservations at Connecticut restaurants were up 26.5% compared to pre-pandemic levels, but they have been strong all along. They were up 31.5% in July.
While reservations have been strong, Silver says hiring has not been that strong in Connecticut's restaurant industry.
Only about 66,000 jobs in leisure and hospitality, where the restaurant industry sits, have been hired back since April of 2020, and about 600 restaurants in Connecticut have closed.
According to the Connecticut Restaurant Association, they are worried that a lot more are going to close even more than were closed during the pandemic if they don't get federal aid soon.