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Tennessee

RESTAURANT INDUSTRY AT A GLANCE

Restaurants are a driving force in Tennessee’s economy. They provide jobs and build careers for thousands of people, and play a vital role in local communities throughout the state.

10,556

Eating and drinking place locations in Tennessee in 2015

$11.7 billion

Projected sales in Tennessee's restaurants in 2016

294,800

Restaurant and foodservice jobs in Tennessee in 2016 = 11% of employment in the state. And by 2026, that number is projected to grow by 10.5% = 31,000 additional jobs, for a total of 325,800 jobs by 2026.

Tennessee's Restaurants

JOBS AND ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES IN EVERY COMMUNITY

U.S. Senators

Establishments in the state
Employees in the state*
Lamar Alexander (R)
Bob Corker (R)
10,556
239,100

U.S. Representatives

Establishments in the state
Employees in the state*
Marsha Blackburn (R)
Diane Black (R)
Jim Cooper (D)
Scott DesJarlais (R)
Chuck Fleischmann (R)
John J. Duncan, Jr. (R)
David P. Roe (R)
Stephen Fincher (R)
Steve Cohen (D)
TOTAL
1,132
994
1,127
1,091
994
1,756
1,080
1,159
1,224
10,556
22,511
25,532
24,709
22,507
39,769
24,465
26,242
25,645
27,719
239,100

*Tennessee's 239,100 eating-and-drinking-place jobs represent the majority of the state’s total restaurant and foodservice workforce of 294,800 jobs, with the remainder being non-restaurant foodservice positions.

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Source: National Restaurant Association, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics & U.S. Census Bureau, 2015