A whopping 56% of restaurant development + design readers surveyed in April say that labor and staffing represent the biggest challenge they face right now. Inflation was a distant second with just 23% of readers noting that was their biggest challenge.

Technology hurdles (5%) and regulations (5%) were other top concerns. Supply chain woes — which were a hot topic in the wake of the pandemic — were a top concern for just 4% of readers surveyed. The remaining 7% had a variety of concerns, with cash flow and construction costs cropping up as major issues.

rd+d periodically surveys subscribers on the state of restaurant development and design. This survey was fielded in April 2024. Subscribe to The Pulse to get rd+d’s surveys and results delivered to your inbox six times a year. This question in particular will be asked again this summer to ensure we have a better understanding readers’ challenges.