Update on Restaurant Changes

I have been tracking restaurant openings via the City of Seattle Business Finder since the beginning of this year and am reporting those changes at Seattle Restaurant Changes. Recently I put up a heatmap showing changes by neighborhood. This heatmap shows a current snaphot of the changes which made me curious about changes by restaurant type over the course of the year.

A few notes:

  • The City of Seattle uses North American Industry Classification System codes (NAICS) to track restaurants. I then use the date of permit issuance as a proxy for a restaurant opening and date of permit revocation as a proxy for closing.

  • A Full Service Restaurant as defined by NAICS is “establishments primarily engaged in providing food services to patrons who order and are served while seated (i.e., waiter/waitress service) and pay after eating”

  • I realized that not that many breweries would be opening up but who doesn’t want more breweries in town?

  • I was not expecting Full Service Restaurants to take off as much as they did, especially since Limited Service Restaurants seem to be declining.

I will try to post another update on this in December, that is unless I decide to open up a food truck of my own.