As of December, at least 110,000 U.S. restaurants have closed permanently or long-term due to the devastating effects of the pandemic. That’s one in every six U.S. eateries, according to Bloomberg. While this number includes every type of restaurant out there—from independent establishments to fast-food chains—experts say the overwhelming majority of closures come from the folding of small businesses.
The restaurants that are best-positioned to survive, and even thrive, throughout the pandemic are fast-casual chains that rely on off-premise sales. Drive-thrus have become the most coveted type of real estate for fast-food companies, and many brands are looking to