We’ve pointed out that while millennials don’t like cooking, they also like staying home, and that particular surge in takeout is having an effect on the restaurant industry. USA Today reports that, “In the last five years, revenue from deliveries jumped 20 percent, and the overall number of deliveries increased 10 percent, according to The NPD Group.”
It seems that as instant delivery for practically everything (like groceries) becomes more and more of a thing, people would rather have their food delivered than go to a restaurant. Which is really too bad, because visiting the restaurant is a major part of the experience! I know I keep name-dropping my anniversary dinner at Chicago’s Girl & The Goat last weekend, but I swear I spent the whole time crowd-watching, or chatting with the people next to us, or getting recommendations from the server. Takeout takes away all that fun (plus, you may still have dishes to do, depending on how fancy you get).
Still, as restaurants struggle in a tough industry, they may be spending less money on servers, more on delivery people. And the takeaway demand is now so great that many restaurants are signing up with Grub Hub, or even altering their menus between eat-in and takeout. L.A. chef and restaurateur Zach Pollack tells USA Today, “Obviously when it’s in a box for 60 minutes and not 60 seconds [the food] changes.’’
Look, I’m all for a good Netflix and chill night. But many people just taking their fancy food and dragging it back to their caves may be missing out on a lot by not eating-in.