There are more than 1 million restaurants in the U.S., employing an estimated 15.6 million people, according to the National Restaurant Association. The number of bars and drinking establishments, meanwhile, sits at over 60,000, with close to 350,000 working in the sector, per Statista data. By midweek, a sizable proportion of that population had lost their jobs after bars and restaurants across the country were shuttered or had their operations severely curtailed.
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