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Connections

Discussing the restaurant recovery with local industry professionals

Three people wearing headphones sitting around a table in a radio talk studio: In the foreground, a man with glasses and a beard wearing a Buffalo Bills jacket; a woman in the background with dark hair and a black shirt; and a man in the background wearing a maroon and grey sweater
Evan Dawson
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WXXI NEWS
(foreground) Art Rogers, (background) Kelly Bush, and Chris Grocki on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Wednesday, March 13, 2024

When is the last time you dined at a restaurant?

In a new piece for the Atlantic, Derek Thompson explains that, on the whole, the restaurant industry has returned to its pre-pandemic state. For the most part, jobs are back, workers are back, and sales are back. But looking at the industry on a more granular level, the data shows that chains and fast food establishments have seen more success in this regard than sit-down dining establishments. Thompson writes that hybrid approaches to food service (take-out, ghost kitchens, etc.) and America’s loneliness epidemic have contributed to the disparity.

This hour, we explore the state of the industry with local restaurant owners.

Our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.