Government shutdown: restaurant industry impact

New York and Washington, D.C. restaurants are feeling the pinch of the government shutdown. Restaurants near the Federal Plaza in New York City are reporting that their businesses are down more than 30 percent, according to the New York Post. To read the full article, CLICK HERE

Watch how Washington, D.C. restaurants are faring:


Reports are mixed across the country of exactly what effects various industries are experiencing. The Miami NewTimes outlined nine ways the shutdown affects restaurants and consumers. Some of those include:

  • The U.S. Department of Labor has been affected and could result in possible delays in new job hires and unemployment benefit filings.
  • The Small Business Administration will not be accepting new applications during the shutdown.
  • The USDA is largely closed with no updated information on food recalls and nutritional information. But field inspections of meat, poultry and eggs will continue.

To see the full list, CLICK HERE.

The National Restaurant Association’s Chief Economist Bruce Grindy has devoted a commentary to discussing the impact of the partial government shutdown. CLICK HERE to read his commentary, “Economist’s Notebook: Shutdown adds uncertainty to an already tepid outlook.”

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