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Independent restaurants are recovering well from the pandemic despite bearing the brunt of COVID-era lockdowns and restrictions, according to a new report from The NPD Group.

Independent restaurants with one to two locations still represent 53% of all restaurants in the US, NPD’s Fall 2021 ReCount restaurant census reveals. Such locations slumped by 8%, or 28,399 units in 2020, but increased by 1% or 2,893 by the end of last year.  Independent locations are also growing in seven of the nine census locations and in large cities like Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Seattle-Tacoma.

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