In another gauge of the restaurant industry’s recovery, the number of establishments that were unable to pay their April rent dropped 28 percentage points from the March level, though 1 of every 3 places still couldn’t muster the money, according to new data.

In a survey of nearly 9,000 small businesses, the research arm of the Alignable employment referral agency found that 35% of restaurants couldn’t cover their rent this month, compared with the 63% who came up short for March.

The industry had one of the lowest rates of non-payment among the various types of small businesses that were canvassed by the Alignable Research Center.


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