Restaurant sales surged 36% year-over-year in March as consumers spent their stimulus checks, enabling the industry to almost completely recover sales lost during the pandemic despite capacity limits and closures.

Food services and drinking places generated $61.2 billion in sales in March, up 13.4% from February according to U.S. Census data released on Thursday.

That was easily a post-pandemic high. It was also down just slightly from the $62.7 billion in sales the industry recorded in March of two years ago.

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