"Today's restaurant renaissance is an expression of the long-term growth of leisure spending in the U.S. But there's nothing leisurely about the restaurant business today. The superabundance of quality and variety among restaurateurs has created cut-throat competition, particularly in the fast casual sector. The price gap between grocery bills and restaurant checks has never been higher. The rise of takeout has forced restaurants to serve more diners who don't step foot on their property."
Derek Thompson at The Atlantic discusses trends relating to restaurants and food.