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Hot Dogs, Burgers and Ice Cream Make the Perfect Summertime Eats

Jul.29.2016
11:34:50 AM

hamburger-hot-dog.pngThis July 4th, at Nathan’s Famous 100th Anniversary Hot Dog Eating Contest, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut set a world record eating 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes. And while that’s more hot dogs than many Americans would eat in a year, there is no doubt that America loves hot dogs in the summer.

CHD Expert, the Chicago-based foodservice database and analytics firm, recently released data surrounding the landscape of restaurants that cater to the tastes of the summer season: hot dogs, as well as hamburgers and ice cream.

Did you know that, as of June 2016, there were just over 1,600 hot dog restaurants in the United States? (That includes Nathan’s Famous, which has been in Coney Island for 100 years.)

When it comes to hamburger restaurants, the landscape is broader, and bigger. As of June 2016, there are over 49,000 hamburger restaurants in the United States and Hamburger is the fourth most prevalent menu type in the USA. Ice cream/Dairy menu type is 11th on the list, representing 3 percent of the market. (There are more than 19,500 Ice Cream/Dairy operators in the United States.)

Whether a restaurant is grilling up burgers or scooping ice cream, the trend is toward delivering a unique and “better” customer experience.

Want the full scoop on the restaurant landscape of summer favorites? Click here to read our latest press release in full.