The pandemic is over, at least for revenue line at the nation’s restaurants.

Food services and drinking places generated $64.9 billion in sales in April, according to retail sales data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Friday. That was up 3% from March and was more than double what it was in April a year ago—when the industry lost more than half of its sales as states closed dining rooms to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Perhaps more important, it was up 2% over April 2019, meaning the industry has effectively returned to a more normal state, at least in terms of the revenue it is collecting from customers for food and drinks.


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