San Francisco has witnessed a rather peculiar phenomenon in the aftermath of the pandemic. While spending on self-care, groceries, and healthcare has reached pre-pandemic levels, spending on entertainment, dining out, hotels, and transportation remains stagnant. TracktheRecovery.org's data highlights that restaurant spending is down about 15% from what it was in January 2020, despite a couple of good weeks for restaurants recorded in the past six months.
Downtown businesses are deprived of the foot traffic they used to receive before work-from-home became the norm. Local neighborhood restaurants seem to show promise compared to their downtown counterparts. The demise of two of SF's biggest theaters points to the decline in movie-going culture. Continue reading the complete article on SFist →
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