– Nearly Half of Americans to Celebrate with Restaurant Meals on May 10

"FRLA Members Prepare for Mother’s Day, Most Popular Holiday to Dine-Out "Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) members are preparing for Mother’s Day, as it marks the most popular holiday to dine-out.

According to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), nearly half of Americans will dine out or order restaurant takeout or delivery on May 10. New NRA research also shows dinner as the most popular meal period to dine out, and that six in 10 consumers who plan to celebrate the occasion by dining out will do so at a relaxed, casual dining restaurant.

“We are thrilled to help families celebrate the wonderful women in their lives by hosting them at exceptional restaurants here in Florida,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “This is a fantastic opportunity to savor the flavors unique to the Sunshine State and our FRLA members are ready to showcase their hospitality by setting the table for incredible experiences statewide.”

“With one million restaurant and foodservice locations across the United States, consumers have myriad options this Mother’s Day,” said Hudson Riehle, Senior Vice President of Research for the National Restaurant Association. “Whether consumers pick mom’s preferred buffet breakfast or her favorite fine-dining dinner, America’s restaurants are stepping up to the plate to help families celebrate the special occasion. And while a majority of consumers make their Mother’s Day meal plans less than a month out, nearly one in five has been planning their celebratory meals for more than one month.”

According to the National Restaurant Association’s survey:

·         38 percent of consumers plan to dine out on Mother’s Day.

·         7 percent plan on getting restaurant takeout or delivery.

In addition, the new research shows that of consumers who plan to have a celebratory restaurant meal on Mother’s Day:

·         62 percent will select a casual dining restaurant.

·         25 percent will opt for fine dining.

·         15 percent will choose a buffet-style restaurant.

·         8 percent say they plan to go to a fast casual restaurant.

·         2 percent will opt for traditional quickservice.

When it comes to when consumers will have their Mother’s Day restaurant meals:

·         49 percent will dine out for dinner.

·         33 percent will select lunch.

·         24 percent will choose brunch.

·         8 percent say they will opt for breakfast.

Among consumers who plan on ordering restaurant takeout or delivery for their Mother’s Day meal:

·         53 percent plan to do so for dinner.

·         43 percent plan on doing it for lunch.

Brunch is more common among older consumers (31 percent of individuals 65 and older), while younger consumers are more likely to choose dinner (56 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds).*

Older consumers are more likely to choose a fine dining restaurant (41 percent of those 65 and older), while younger consumers are more likely to visit a buffet (22 percent of those 18-24). Households with children are also more likely to choose a buffet (22 percent).

This year, 83 percent of those who plan to celebrate Mother’s Day at a restaurant made their plans to do so less than one month ahead of time. Seventeen percent made their plans well in advance, longer than one month prior.

Note: Numbers may add up to more than 100 percent because some consumers plan to dine out or order restaurant takeout or delivery more than once on Mother’s Day.

The online survey of 1,009 adults was conducted April 27-29, 2015, by ORC International on behalf of the National Restaurant Association, asking respondents about their dining plans for Mother’s Day.

For more National Restaurant Association research, visit www.restaurant.org/research .

About the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
FRLA is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Our mission is to ‘Protect, Educate and Promote’ Florida’s $76.1 billion hospitality industry which represents 23% of Florida’s economy, $4.6 billion in sales tax revenue, and more than one million employees – making it the state’s number one industry. For more information, go to www.FRLA.org and find us on Twitter @FRLAnews , Facebook andYouTube .

About the National Restaurant Association
Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. For more information, visit Restaurant.org