Wait Times at Casual U.S. Restaurants Flat

<b></b>
1 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

New York-Average waits for a table at casual dining chains were little changed compared with a year ago, a monthly survey showed, though higher traffic at steakhouses showed U.S. consumers are shrugging off concerns about the first U.S. case of mad cow disease.

The average wait time at 200 casual dining restaurants on the evening of January 23 was 28 minutes, compared with 28.3 minutes last year, according to Smith Barney analyst Mark Kalinowski, who conducts the poll. Longer wait times are considered good for the restaurant industry, since they indicate stronger demand.

Average wait times fell at Darden Restaurants Inc.'s Olive Garden, Red Lobster,and Smokey Bones BBQ chains. But Kalinowski noted that the 9 percent decline in average wait times to 27.6 minutes at Red Lobster, which has been struggling to draw in customers for the last year, is the smallest in five months. California Pizza Kitchen Inc. and Ruby Tuesday Inc. were among the restaurants that posted the biggest gains in average wait times. -Reuters

More from Entrepreneur

Are paying too much for business insurance? Do you have critical gaps in your coverage? Trust Entrepreneur to help you find out.
Get Your Quote Now

One-on-one online sessions with our experts can help you start a business, grow your business, build your brand, fundraise and more.
Book Your Session

Whether you are launching or growing a business, we have all the business tools you need to take your business to the next level, in one place.
Enroll Now

Latest on Entrepreneur

My Queue

There are no Videos in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any video to save to your queue.

There are no Articles in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any article to save to your queue.

There are no Podcasts in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any podcast episode to save to your queue.

You're not following any authors.

Click the Follow button on any author page to keep up with the latest content from your favorite authors.

It Started As a Joke and Turned Into a Startup That Raised $1 Million in Funding