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Americans Are Starting to Venture Out to Dine at Restaurants

  • OpenTable data shows signs of recovery for the industry
  • Texas, Oklahoma and Florida customers are leading the way
A server cleans a table in the outside dining section of a restaurant in St. Petersburg, Florida on May 4.

A server cleans a table in the outside dining section of a restaurant in St. Petersburg, Florida on May 4.

Photographer: Zack Wittman/Bloomberg

A handful of Americans are starting to say things they haven’t said for weeks: “Waiter, check please.”

As some states have begun to allow businesses to reopen following the coronavirus quarantine period, a small but growing number of Americans are now dining out at restaurants. That’s according to data from OpenTable, which says that bookings -- a number that’s been down 100% year-on-year almost every day since March 21 -- had eased to down 98% on Thursday.