Hannah Howard, the waitress who writes the Served column at Serious Eats, turns her attention to the economy in her most recent installment: Last weekend, we didn't just beat our record for money made in a night and for most pieces of cheese and glasses of wine sold we smashed it. But that doesnt mean all is well: The multitudes of drinkers and diners are spending a bit less money. With more checks and slightly lower check averages, we're holding more than steady. She thinks its because her restaurant is reasonably priced and comfy plus, with holiday parties being called off, more people are turning to the bar. But a friend at another fine-dining establishment tells her that people are still spending plenty of money. But they are tipping less. A lot less. And at an even fancier restaurant, the weeknights are uncomfortably slow. Its awful, a server tells her. We're scratching at the walls. Eek.
Served: Good and Bad Times for Restaurants [Serious Eats]