We knew that downtown restaurants took a hit in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, but some new numbers confirm that things were really awful.
Overall, restaurant business in the week following Sandy dropped 54.7 percent compared to the prior three weeks, Avero reported.
Restaurants in areas that didn't lose power fared well, some even making out better than usual. At those restaurants, according to Avero:
Dinner meal periods saw a 10.3 percent improvement in customer volume, and a 13.9 percent improvement in alcoholic beverage sales, compared to the prior three weeks
Late night meal periods saw 8.4 percent more traffic and a 9.2 percent increase in alcoholic beverage sales, compared to prior weeks
Once power was restored downtown sales recovered to only 62% of their typical level on Saturday, Avero reported.
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