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A look at the data reveals that restaurants in cities run by Democrats still haven’t recovered from the draconian COVID lockdowns while cities in Republican-run areas are once again thriving.

A Fox News report based on data by restaurant industry organization OpenTable which works with 60,000 restaurants across the world. And the organization finds trouble in blue-land.

Yet, the group also finds that towns in Florida, Texas and Arizona “are busier than ever and enjoying a massive surge in restaurant business this year.”

Indeed, the numbers are stark.

It is probable that out of control crime in these Democrat-controlled cities has also contributed to the problems that blue-city restaurants have experienced.

Per Fox News:

The number of daily diners in the city of Minneapolis was down an average of 54.3% in July — so the city had less than half the number of people eating out, compared with July 2019, according to OpenTable.

It’s the worst recovery of any city in the world tracked by the restaurant reservation service.

The state of Florida, meanwhile, has four of the top six surging cities in America, with the average number of people dining out in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Naples and Tampa up nearly 30% from July 2019 to July 2022.

“Minneapolis needs to clean up its act,” Greg Urban, a Minnesota businessman who owns Wild Greg’s Saloons in Minneapolis, told Fox News Digital.

The report goes on:

The list of bottom 10 cities struggling to recover is rounded out by San Francisco (-45.9%), Portland (-45.2%), Seattle (-40.8%), Philadelphia (-39.2%), New York City (-37.9%), St. Louis (-28.2%), Washington D.C. (-27.3%), Baltimore (-24.9%) and Chicago (-22.8%).

And the best:

Las Vegas topped the list in July, with the daily number of diners up an average of 35.7% compared with July 2019.

Sin City is followed by Fort Lauderdale (+34.0%), Miami (+32.8%), Austin (+27.3%), Naples (+25.4%), Tampa (+22.3%), Nashville (+19.2%), San Antonio (+18.6%), Scottsdale (+18.0%) and Phoenix (+14.3) as the top 10 cities with booming restaurant scenes this summer.

The data was compiled from 20,000 restaurants in the U.S.

It can’t be a surprise that Republican-run areas are doing far better.

Democrats are the death of all small businesses.

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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.


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