Fun fact: Rhode Island has the 4th-most restaurants per capitaJuly 18th, 2012 at 5:00 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
Providence Restaurant Week is upon us, and Rhode Islanders struggling to decide where to partake have a good excuse – they’ve got more options than most people.
That’s because Rhode Island has 96.1 full-service restaurants for every 100,000 residents, which is the fourth-highest number in the country, according to Restaurant Management magazine. The only states with more are Vermont (111.4), Maine (109.3) and Montana (98.1); the fewest restaurants are in Utah (49.6).
The National Restaurant Association says Rhode Island had 2,654 “eating and drinking places” as of 2010, and this year they’re projected to rack up $1.9 billion in sales. The group estimates employment in Rhode Island’s restaurant industry will grow from 52,800 workers this year to 56,600 by 2022.
With the local market so saturated, aspiring local restauranteurs may want to consider trying one of the 10 states the magazine says are the best bets for expansion: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.