Yelp said food businesses that lean toward takeout, outdoor dining, and other COVID safety measures experienced the most growth in the recent period. When comparing Q1 to Q4 2020, food delivery services saw the highest jump by far at 22.1 percent. That category was followed by seafood markets (10.4 percent), macarons (10.3 percent), desserts (9.6 percent), chicken shops (8.5 percent), and food trucks (8.4 percent).
The pandemic is still affecting some dining experiences, particularly those designed for a group occasion, Yelp noted. The restaurant and food categories that experienced the least growth compared to Q4 2020 were hot pot restaurants (–22 percent), buffets (–19.8 percent), tapas/small plates (-12.7 percent), ramen (–12.4 percent), and diners (–11.3 percent).