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Q: What is the average life of a restaurant? ( No Answer,   3 Comments )
Subject: What is the average life of a restaurant?
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Restaurants and City Guides
Asked by: wyahaw-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 23 Jul 2006 09:28 PDT
Expires: 22 Aug 2006 09:28 PDT
Question ID: 748738
I am curious as to how long restaurants survive, on average.  I have
heard quotes anecdotally, but I have never seen anything based on real
data.  I am a food writer living in the UK, so UK data would be best,
but I would be interested in geneuine data from elsewhere e.g. the
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Subject: Re: What is the average life of a restaurant?
From: thither-ga on 23 Jul 2006 16:18 PDT
I am unsure if this will be of much help, but I thought I'd mention it:

"In a study in Columbus, Ohio, Professor H.G. Parsa of Ohio State
University, tracked new restaurants from 1996-1999. In the first year,
26% closed. Another 19% closed the second year, and 14% the third.
Collectively, 59% of new restaurants closed those three years. By the
way, the "failure" rate wasn't very different between franchised
restaurants ? 57% ? and independent restaurants ? 61%."

Have a good day.
Subject: Re: What is the average life of a restaurant?
From: answerfinder-ga on 24 Jul 2006 02:56 PDT
Plenty of comments from the US surrounding this piece of research but
not much on the UK.

The best reliable information I can find is contained in the VAT
survival rates but these lump hotels and restaurants to together, and
of course, does not included non-vat registered establishments.
Subject: Re: What is the average life of a restaurant?
From: jack_of_few_trades-ga on 24 Jul 2006 10:20 PDT
I think that failure percentages (like the ones Thither gave) will be
your best statistics on this matter.
I ate in a restaurant last weekend in Connecticutt that was opened in
1860.  I don't imagine it will be closing down anytime soon.  The
chance that such restaurants could potentially live forever will make
any real statistician think 2ce about attempting to calculate the mean
number of years a restaurant stays open... the median however could be
calculated and is somewhere around 2.5 years according to
Answerfinder's first link.

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