Report: People spending more money at restaurants than at grocery store

Apr 26, 2023, 9:30 PM | Updated: Jun 22, 2023, 4:51 pm

A report from Axio says people are spending more money at restaurants than at the grocery store. KS...

A report from Axio says people are spending more money at restaurants than at the grocery store. KSL NewsRadio's Dave Noriega and Maura Carabello discuss this with an industry expert. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — People are spending more money at restaurants than at the grocery store, according to a recent report by Axios

Dave Noriega and guest host Maura Carabello dive into why society hates cooking so much. Or it is a matter of our habits having changed since the pandemic?

The report states consumers spend $130 at restaurants for every $100 spent at the grocery store.

Melva Sine, of the Utah Restaurant Association, joins the show to help make sense of all of this.

Noriega begins the conversation by asking, “Are we spending more money at restaurants because prices are higher or are we eating out more?”

“It takes 21 days to make a new habit,” Sine said. “And people were in their homes (during the pandemic) a lot longer than 21 days. So, new habits were formed. And the restaurant industry has benefited from that.”

Still feeling impact of inflation and pandemic

Sine is quick to point out that the restaurant industry is also feeling the impact of inflation.

“But at the same time, things were much more expensive for us in the restaurant industry,” she said. “So yeah, everyone is having to raise prices, it’s just who’s raising prices quicker?”

She says the restaurant industry is still being impacted by the pandemic.

“Restaurants still haven’t totally recovered from the pandemic,” Sine said. “In terms of employment, in terms of supply chain and inflation.”

Carabello asked, “Are you tracking at all whether we’re eating inside restaurants or taking things to go like we did in COVID?”

With third-party delivery companies, Sine says that taking food to go is still popular. However, she acknowledges the in-restaurant experience is making a comeback.

“But we are seeing more people getting back out into the restaurants themselves,” she said. “Because we’re a social people.”

Listen to the entire segment.


Dave & Dujanovic can be heard weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app, as well as Apple Podcasts and Google Play.  

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Dave & Dujanovic

Michael Bacon and Kevin Bacon (Bacon Brothers Band) during rehearsals for Mother Nature Netwok's Wh...

Curt Gresseth

After 40 years, Payson High bringing home Bacon

Kevin Bacon returns Saturday to Payson High School for the 40th anniversary of the movie Footloose.

5 days ago

Students participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new West Lake Jr. High building in 2022...

Kyle Remund

West Lake Jr. High rebuilds after 2020 earthquake

West Lake Jr. High is being rebuilt with earthquake safety in mind, and the Granite district is preparing for future emergencies, too.

6 days ago

FILE: Caution tape surrounds the VFW building on Magna’s Main Street on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, ...

Curt Gresseth

How an earthquake impacts homes and buildings 

A structural engineer discusses how an earthquake rattles homes and buildings.

6 days ago

buildings are destroyed following an earthquake...

Curt Gresseth

Great Utah Shakeout: How to make your home earthquake-safe

An adviser discusses how to make your home safe for the Great Utah Shakeout.

8 days ago

An old, white house sits in front of a blue sky....

Tammy Kikuchi

Instances of squatting in Utah are rare, but they happen

While Utahns have many legal protections to fight against squatters, it can still happen. Here's what to do, if it does.

9 days ago

bald eagle...

Curt Gresseth

Who shot, killed bald eagle near Cedar City? $10,000 reward available

A $10,000 reward is available for information leading to the conviction of the perpetrator who shot and killed a protected bald eagle near Cedar City.

12 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

Report: People spending more money at restaurants than at grocery store