Thinking of Opening Your Own Restaurant? Think About These 10 Stats

Posted by Elmira Hamidi at 7:00 AM on February 19, 2013:

Always dreamed of opening your own restaurant?  Learn more about the market and your competition by checking out these U.S. restaurant industry statistics.

  1. There are 998,000 restaurant locations in the U.S. Source
  2. Restaurant-industry sales projected for 2013 are over $660 billion. Source
  3. Employees in the restaurant industry number 13.1 million. Source
  4. Restaurants are expected to add 1.3 million new positions in the next decade. Source
  5. The consumers of the U.S. restaurant industry declined from 62.7 billion in 2008 to 60.6 billion in 2011. Independent restaurants accounted for 87 percent of these traffic losses.
  6. Source Thinking of opening your own restaurant?
  7. Since 2008, restaurant chains have increased by 4511 units while the number of independent restaurant decreased by 7158 units. Source
  8. In 2007, the full-service restaurants in Washington, D.C. reported the highest sales per business ($1.7 million), while it was the lowest in South Dakota ($565 thousand). The national average was $847 thousand. Source
  9. About 4 out of 10 restaurant customers say they would be likely to use an electronic ordering system and menus on tablet computers at table service restaurants. Source
  10. 76 percent of consumers say they are trying to eat healthier now at restaurants than they did two years ago. Source
  11. According to a report by Hudson Institute, restaurants that offered more lower-calorie services experienced a 9 percent increase in food and beverage sales from 2006 to 2011. Restaurants that offered fewer low-calorie services saw sales drop by 16 percent. Source (.pdf)

For more information about the Restaurant Industry Forecast in 2013, including graphics and video, visit Restaurant.org/Forecast.

In addition to the aforementioned statistics about the restaurant industry in the U.S. market, those willing to launch their own restaurants may find the following study very interesting.  This study conducted by Parsa at Cornell University, Why Restaurant Fail (.pdf) explores the reasons for restaurant failures in the U.S.

Elmira Hamidi is a researcher for Handshake 2.0, a graduate student in the Virginia Tech Department of Communication, and a marketing assistant at the Virginia Tech Business Services Office.

Plaid Squared Handshake

Posted by Allen J Fuller, III at 7:00 AM on May 10, 2010:


John Boyer and Cecile Newcomb

John Boyer, Virgina Tech professor and creator of the Plaid Avenger, shares a Handshake 1.0 with Cecile Newcomb, Blacksburg, Virginia Town Council member and Business Director of Energy Check

John Boyer had just finished saying, "Hey! I have to get a picture with her! She's wearing PLAID!"

Photo Credit:  Allen J. Fuller, III

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Here's how to get your Handshake 1.0 on Handshake 2.0.  Here are all the Handshake 1.0's on Handshake 2.0 - so far!  Can't wait to see yours!

Green Building For Love

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 9:00 AM on February 25, 2010:

Remember Mr. Big's wedding gift to Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, the 2008 film?

I do.  I bet a lot of women remember.

It was a closet.

Ed Tuchler of Shelter Alternatives and Mr. Handshake 2.0 talk about engaging in green building by finishing an unfinished room in an energy-efficient way.

Blacksburg, Virginia green builder Shelter Alternatives begins a closet for Handshake 2.0's cat Handshake 2.0's cat and closet-to-be

I'm a fan of green building.  I'm a fan of Shelter Alternatives.  With a closet on the way?  I am very much a fan of Mr. Handshake 2.0.

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Shelter Alternatives is a green builder in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Shelter Alternatives creates custom homes, designs additions, and remodels existing homes using energy efficient building materials and systems.

Energy Check - energy audits specialist and a division of Shelter Alternatives - is a client of Blacksburg, Virginia social media and public relations company Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

Energy Check (and Handshake 2.0's Orange Walls) Featured in Valley Business FRONT

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 3:28 PM on February 2, 2010:

When Cecile Newcomb of Energy Check came to do a Full Home Performance Assessment, or energy audit, we made a video and included it in the post Energy Check Checks Out the Home of Handshake 2.0.

Our house's orange walls are stars again!

Energy Check was featured in the February 2010 issue of Valley Business FRONT.  That's our house's orange walls on the far left and Cecile Newcomb on the far right.

Here's a screenshot of the article. You can read the full story by "turning" to page 32 in the February issue of VBF.

Energy Check in Valley Business FRONT

And here we all are again!

Energy Check is a locally-owned, full service home performance contractor, providing Home Performance Assessments- also known as Energy Audits - and contracting services to homeowners in Southwest Virginia.  With a certified Home Energy Rating Services, HERS Rater on staff, paired with Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst Professionals, Energy Check has the diagnostic tools and expertise to find and fix the underlying causes of a home's health, safety, comfort and energy efficiency challenges.

You're invited to follow Energy Check on Twitter, @energy_check and become a fan of Energy Check on Facebook.

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Energy Check is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

An Energy Check Home Performance Assessment is Serious Business

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 7:00 AM on September 17, 2009:

When Cecile Newcomb of Energy Check came to do a Full Home Performance Assessment, or energy audit, I made a video and included it in the post Energy Check Checks Out the Home of Handshake 2.0.

Since I'm a fan of amateur video productions on YouTube, I'm able to create them readily since I am an amateur videographer.  Even some clips were too amateur for me, so I deleted them from the official Energy Check - Home Performance Assessment and Energy Audit video on YouTube.

You're invited to laugh with us - even at us - if you care to view the unofficial version.

As a result of viewing the official Energy Check - Home Performance Assessment and Energy Audit video on YouTube, a potential client called EnergyCheck.  We paraphrase:  "Do to my house what you did to Handshake 2.0's house!"

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You're invited to follow Energy Check on Twitter, @energy_check.

Energy Check is a locally-owned, full service home performance contractor, providing Home Performance Assessments- also known as Energy Audits - and contracting services to homeowners in Southwest Virginia.  With a certified Home Energy Rating Services, HERS Rater on staff, paired with Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst Professionals, Energy Check has the diagnostic tools and expertise to find and fix the underlying causes of a home's health, safety, comfort and energy efficiency challenges.

In a bartering exchange, Energy Check provided an existing home Full Home Performance Assessment to Anne Clelland, founder of Handshake 2.0.  To Energy Check, Handshake Media, Incorporated provided social media consulting services, video production, and custom blog posts on Handshake 2.0

Here's another video from Energy Check and more on home energy audits from the U. S. Department of Energy.

Energy Check Checks Out the Home of Handshake 2.0

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 3:17 PM on August 12, 2009:

I want to be a green entrepreneur.  So I've created a winter system for keeping freezing air from leaking into my nice warm kitchen by draping a blanket over the doorknob on the backdoor, positioning it carefully along the door jamb, then shoving a chair against the whole arrangement to keep it in place.

Use of the door is blocked for the winter season, but some cold air is, too.  That's green and energy efficient, right?

I had no idea how un-green my house was, or how many opportunities I had to get green-er, until Cecile Newcomb of Energy Check came to call.  She and her staff performed a Full Home Performance Assessment, or energy audit, on the digs of Handshake 2.0. 

Here's what happened:


Needless to say, I'll be swapping my winter blanket rig for a genuinely energy efficient one, thanks to what I learned from Energy Check.

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You're invited to follow Energy Check on Twitter, @energy_check.

Energy Check is a locally-owned, full service home performance contractor, providing Home Performance Assessments- also known as Energy Audits - and contracting services to homeowners in Southwest Virginia.  With a certified Home Energy Rating Services, HERS Rater on staff, paired with Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst Professionals, Energy Check has the diagnostic tools and expertise to find and fix the underlying causes of a home's health, safety, comfort and energy efficiency challenges.

In a bartering exchange, Energy Check provided an existing home Full Home Performance Assessment to Anne Clelland, founder of Handshake 2.0.  To Energy Check, Handshake Media, Incorporated provided social media consulting services, video production, and custom blog posts on Handshake 2.0

Here's another video from Energy Check and more on home energy audits from the U. S. Department of Energy.

Spinning Handshake

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 6:00 AM on July 21, 2009:

Cecile Newcomb of Energy Check and Anne Clelland of Handshake 2.0

Cecile Newcomb of Energy Check shakes hands with Anne Clelland of Handshake 2.0 at cycling spin class at The Weight Club.  Cecile Newcomb is a candidate for Town Council, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Not All Handshakes Are All Business

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 5:00 AM on February 2, 2009:

Handshake 2.0, specializing in relationship-building online handshakes, invites companies to send us a snapshot of a real-time handshake - a Handshake 1.0.

Cecile Newcomb of Energy Check and Billy Newcomb of EEE Consulting, Inc., wife and husband, shake hands on the sweetest of deals.

Cecile Newcomb of Energy Check and Billy Newcomb of EEE Consulting, Inc.


Energy Check is a locally-owned, full service home performance contractor, providing Home Performance Assessments - also known as Energy Audits - and contracting services to homeowners in Southwest Virginia.  With a certified Home Energy Rating Services, HERS Rater on staff, paired with Bulding Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst Professionals, Energy Check has the diagnostic tools and expertise to find and fix the underlying causes of a home's health, safety, comfort and energy efficiency challenges.

EEE Consulting, Inc. specializes in environmental studies, engineering, planning, and environmental education.  The firm has broad experience working on projects with architectural and engineering firms, and local, state and federal government agencies.  EEE Consulting, Inc. has adopted total-quality management procedures, including formal quality control/quality assurance controls.