The Georgia Restaurant Association doesn’t know how many restaurants Decatur has (there are about 1200 in DeKalb County), though city officials believe it surpasses 100 within a compact 4.2 square miles. Karen Bremer, the GRA’s chief executive said Thursday that statewide restaurants average 38 employees per restaurant, likely meaning there are roughly 4,000 Decatur restaurant employees affected
She added there are about 19,000 restaurants in Georgia, translating to 500,000 restaurant employees or 10 percent of the state’s workforce.
But the shuttering of restaurants also profoundly affects customers. Bremer said that beginning in 2015 Americans started spending more money in restaurants than groceries, and today 53 cents of every food dollar is “spent away from home.”
Bremer added that on Friday the GRA is sending a letter to all statewide elected officials asking them to allow restaurants to sell beer and wine a la carte, similar to Decatur.