Jun 9, 2022 - Food and Drink

Ohio restaurant reservations on the rebound

Data: OpenTable; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Columbus' dining scene has fully bounced back from the pandemic ā€” at least in terms of reservations.

Driving the news: Restaurant bookings here so far this month are higher than during the same time period in 2019, new OpenTable data shows.

  • The same goes for all of Ohio, which has a much higher booking percentage than the country overall.

Why it matters: Our restaurant scene took a gigantic hit when dining rooms closed and residents opted for safer takeout options during COVID-19 surges.

  • This data shows our city's "return to normalcy" amid a perpetual pandemic, which is good news for restaurant owners.

Yes, but: The cost of goods and inflation mean that restaurants' already-slim margins are still an issue.

The bottom line: Your favorite dinner spot might still be struggling, but the boost in reservations is a welcome sign.

Of note: Columbus Taco Week continues through Saturday.

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