Consumers are eating more restaurant meals, but many are more cautious about going out to eat

Key Points
  • Consumers are using restaurants more than they were in April, but many are still cautious about dining out and about 32% in a new survey say they won't be comfortable until 2021.
  • A Bank of America survey of 1,000 people showed that nearly 60% of respondents in April said they would feel comfortable going to a restaurant before Labor Day, but the June 18 survey found just 48% would be comfortable.
  • Some old habits, like grabbing takeout coffee on the way to work, may be slower to come back, BofA analysts say.
Johnny D'agostina digs into a pizza outside Quattro restaurant on Hanover Street in the North End neighborhood of Boston, MA on June 11, 2020.
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As states reopen, consumers are going out for meals more often, but about a quarter are still not using restaurants at all and some have a higher level of discomfort about in-restaurant dining than in April, a new survey found.

A Bank of America survey of 1,000 people on June 18 found that about 32% do not think they will be comfortable dining in a restaurant until 2021, up sharply from the 20% in a similar survey in April.