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Inside the brave new world of data-driven, search-optimized virtual restaurants that exist only on DoorDash and GrubHub

Illustration by Angie Wang for Marker


Restaurant are dying at a record rate—but insurance companies won’t bail them out

Photo illustration source: Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images


How pizza won the pandemic—and Sweetgreen got left behind

A pizza box, a bucket of drumsticks, and a salad bowl in free fall, as the pizza and drumsticks bucket high-five each other.
A pizza box, a bucket of drumsticks, and a salad bowl in free fall, as the pizza and drumsticks bucket high-five each other.
Illustration: Erik Blad


Restaurants are pivoting to drive-thrus—but it’s a foreboding economic indicator

Photo: Jeff Greenberg/Getty Images


Number of the Day

Upscale restaurants want to sell you a fancy dinner — to cook yourself

Marker # of the Day: $275 — The cost of a chicken dinner meal from Manhattan’s 3-Michelin-star restaurant Eleven Madison Park
Marker # of the Day: $275 — The cost of a chicken dinner meal from Manhattan’s 3-Michelin-star restaurant Eleven Madison Park


NUMBER OF THE DAY

Thanks to the pandemic, restaurants from Starbucks to Shake Shack want to make it easier to pick up fast food from your car

Photo illustration, source: Jason Whitman/NurPhoto via Getty Images



NUMBER OF THE DAY

The restaurant chain’s flagship location has seen sales fall by 94% during the pandemic

# of the Day: $282,500 — How much weekly sales have fallen at Olive Garden’s Times Square restaurant since the pandemic hit.
# of the Day: $282,500 — How much weekly sales have fallen at Olive Garden’s Times Square restaurant since the pandemic hit.
Photo illustration, source: chas53/iStock/Getty Images Plus


Number of the Day

With office corridors vacant, the lunchtime chain hops on the subscription train

# of the Day: $9.99 — That’s the monthly cost of an unlimited “Coffee Pass” subscription from U.S. Pret A Manger locations.
# of the Day: $9.99 — That’s the monthly cost of an unlimited “Coffee Pass” subscription from U.S. Pret A Manger locations.
Photo illustration, source: Mike Kenneally/Unsplash


Number of the Day

Many restaurants that closed down temporarily are now gone forever

Number of the Day: 15,770 Restaurants
Number of the Day: 15,770 Restaurants
Photo: nico_blue/E+/Getty Images

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