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New Restaurant Index Tracks Sales Across the Islands

Skimping on health insurance carries a hidden price for some fast-food restaurants.

The pandemic forced the closure of several local eateries and those who have survived are hanging on. It has been feast or famine, says Doug Harris of marketing firms Harris Agency and Food Gurus Hawaii.

This summer, the agency rolled out a restaurant index that tracks sales as Hawaiʻi moves into an economic recovery phase. It is "based on over 125,000 daily transactions at more than 130 restaurant units statewide."

The results are revealing and, as Harris says, may explain why it's been tough to get reservations around town.

This interview aired on The Conversation on July 21, 2021.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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