A new study published in the journal Food Quality and Preference finds that bars and lounges are becoming increasingly popular venues for dining out.
“This trend is very common and is reflected in a recent survey we conducted on a national scale,” said lead author Andrew Kliman, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“We found that, at the state level, bar loungestop, pizza joint, and sandwich shop were the top three most popular spots for restaurant dining in the U.S. in 2016.”
The survey found that the most popular meal at a bar in Chicago, for example, was a $12 steak dinner with a side of fries.
Bar loungers and sandwich shops also had higher scores than restaurants in many other cities.
While restaurants in the city are finding it hard to compete with bars, they are also making up for it by providing better service.
The study found that restaurants with the highest service scores were located in places like Milwaukee and St. Louis, while places with the lowest service scores — those that served food to diners on-site — were located throughout the Midwest.
In the U, the study found, the percentage of diners at the bar was slightly higher than the restaurant.
At a pizza joint with a bar, for instance, half the diners were diners who had visited the restaurant before.
At a sandwich shop, it was roughly 60 percent of dinters who had come to the restaurant, and a third of the diner base was new.
For the restaurant and sandwich places, the average number of people in line to order the restaurant’s food was just over four people.
Overall, diners spent over two hours and 45 minutes at a restaurant or shop with a BarLounge rating.
When it comes to the bar, restaurants with a low bar rating had the lowest average wait times for customers to leave.
It was the highest for restaurants with an average wait time of just over 30 minutes.
On average, restaurants rated as low on the BarLoki’s Quality Meter had a wait time for customers of over 10 minutes.
At the same time, restaurants rating as high on the bar rating were among the worst, with wait times of over 12 minutes.
Bar lounging, a term coined by a professor at Ohio State University who has studied the bar scene, has been in decline in recent years.
Bar louging, which can mean any establishment that serves alcohol, has become increasingly common in recent decades, Klimian said.
Many people are starting to see restaurants and bars that are just more about a place to hang out and eat and drink.
The BarLoving trend also shows a growing awareness of the benefits of having a good bar environment.
As bars are increasingly becoming popular venues, it is becoming increasingly difficult for restaurants and cafes to compete.
Kliman is working to understand how restaurants are responding to this change and hopes to make improvements.
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