According to the National Restaurant Association:
- One in 10 Americans (11 percent) celebrate Thanksgiving Day by dining in one of the nation's 935,000 restaurants.
- Also according to Association research, more than half (53 percent) of consumers use restaurant-prepared takeout items for all or part of their Thanksgiving Day meals (from complete holiday feasts, to a ready-to-eat turkeys or hams, to side dishes and desserts).
- Consumers living in smaller households and households without children are more likely to dine out on Thanksgiving. Males are more likely than females to eat at a restaurant on the holiday. Generally, younger adults are more likely to use restaurant takeout items as part of their Thanksgiving meal at home.
- Restaurants offer consumers nutritious, traditional and creative Thanksgiving dishes without the hours of planning, shopping and cooking—not to mention cleaning up.
- Year-round, 79 percent of American adults say going to restaurants with family and friends is a better use of leisure time than cooking and cleaning up.
- Restaurants serve more than meals during this holiday season—they serve their communities too. In fact, year-round, nine out of 10 restaurants are actively engaged in some type of charitable activity and Thanksgiving provides yet another opportunity to underscore their commitment to their neighbors.