I never noticed any decline in business at our local restaurants here. The busy ones remained busy or got busier, and the others held their own. We had some that have expanded or built brand new buildings, as well as some new ones open up and make a go of it!
Only 2 restaurants closed...one because the owners
are IDIOTS...each was dipping into the till to support their need for booze, dope, strippers, and gambling, then couldn't afford to pay their food suppliers....or the IRS. They've become the unhappy, dissatisfied customers at the IRS's table.
Another fellow bought all of their kitchen equipment, and opened a new restaurant across town with a nearly identical menu, and he's thriving!
And someone must have ordered their steak EXTRA well-done at the other restaurant, because it burned to the ground right near the end of the dinner rush one evening...OOPS!!! It was a VERY popular, well established business, that had been a thriving business for about 60 years. And, sadly, the owners have decided to retire and not rebuild it.