The Politics of Eating: Is the Nasty Election Affecting Restaurant Sales?

October 11, 2016

Restaurant sales are hurting—is it Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s fault? Some restaurant executives are blaming this year’s nasty presidential election for the steep decline, suggesting that the uncertainty is keeping customers at home.

According to Nation’s Restaurant News’ Jonathan Maze, author of the “On the Margin” blog, Greg Creed, CEO of Yum! Brands, Inc., is the latest to fault politics for decreased customer spending. “It goes without saying that people are trying to decide who to choose and what the impact will be on the economy, and I think people are maybe just hunkering down a little bit,” he