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Have you ever gotten food craving on a Sunday when you know a certain restaurant is closed, only to show up that Monday to find the restaurant is still closed?

As it turns out this isn’t uncommon since many independently owned restaurants will be closed on a Monday. This has been a common restaurant practice long before COVID-19 times. In short, the reason for it is because opening on a Monday isn’t all that financially successful.

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Within the restaurant industry, Monday has traditionally been known to be their slowest day of the week. There hasn’t been a whole lot of official research done on the matter, but most assume it’s because people are most likely to treat themselves at the weekend – usually from Thursday to Sunday.

How many of us have gone out for an expensive steak at a five-star restaurant on a Monday, or indulged in a few beers and some fried foods on a Monday? Probably not as frequently as we would be inclined to do any other day of the week.

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More than likely, on Monday we are looking to get back on the diet or save up our money after the wild weekend we had.

Of course, for larger restaurants and chains, staying open on a Monday isn’t really an issue. They can remain open seven days a week. But for smaller businesses that are locally-owned establishments, remaining closed on a Monday can be a good thing.

Photo: Unsplash/Louis Hansel – Restaurant Photographer

It allows for a period of rest, as staff can recover from a busy weekend. Plus, it also saves owners money from having to hire more part-time or full-time staff to cover shifts needed to stay open.

While it might suck to not be able to visit your favorite local restaurant on a random Monday after work, at least there is always Tuesday!

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