Eighty-three percent of Americans plan to dine out during the holiday season and 84% of restaurant operators expect to meet or exceed pre-pandemic sales levels during this timeframe, according to Lightspeed data emailed to Restaurant Dive.

Forty-six percent of operators said they expect to return to pre-COVID-19 sales levels during the holidays, while 38% said they expect to exceed pre-COVID-19 levels. Thirty-three percent of operators expect corporate holiday parties to make a comeback during the holidays.

Gift card sales may also give operators a boost this season, with 43% of diners in the U.S. planning to purchase a restaurant gift card, per Lightspeed data. National Restaurant Association research shows 62% of consumers want a gift card to their favorite restaurant for the holidays.

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