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    • U.S. restaurants could lose more than $200 billion in sales this year.
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Nearly a third of sports bars across the U.S. could close by the end of the year as a result of the pandemic. Last year, there were approximately 95,000 total sports bars, a number that could drop to 66,000.

Between forced closures and customer hesitancy to dine out during a global pandemic, sports bars — and restaurants in general — are hurting. Some estimates suggest the bar and grill sector, worth $29 billion, could have its revenue drop by 50% in 2020.

Across the country, 15% of restaurants and bars — more than 100,000 — have closed permanently. All told, the National Restaurant Association is expecting a loss of $240 billion in sales.

U.S. Sports Bar Chains By 2019 Sales:

Buffalo Wild Wings — $3.6 billion

Hooters — $859 million

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s — $171 million