Opening a new restaurant can be a risky business. Owners need a solid business plan, an efficient yet friendly staff, delicious food and a little bit of luck.
Location is also key to the success of a new eatery. Entering a market that’s oversaturated with dining options or where the population is on the decline can spell disaster for a fledgling restaurant.
There are some markets where demand for new restaurants is high and restaurateurs are thriving. NerdWallet crunched the numbers to help find those places across the nation.
NerdWallet examined 530 cities in the U.S., each with a population of at least 50,000. They used U.S. Census Bureau data to calculate the score for each location based on demand for new restaurants and local economic conditions that could affect the success of those restaurants.