Of the $2,063 the average household spends eating out, 41 percent goes to fast-food restaurants and 41 percent to full-service establishments.
Fast-food restaurants collect a far larger share of the eating-out dollars of younger than older householders. Among, fully 56 percent of the money the youngest householders spend eating out goes to fast-food restaurants. The fast-food share declines with age, falling below the full-service share in the 45-to-54 age group.
The households least likely to devote their dining-out dollars to full-service restaurants are those with children under age 18. In contrast, the households most likely to spend their dining-out dollars in full-service restaurants are married couples without children at home--many of them empty nesters.
For more, see the new, 8th edition of Household Spending from New Strategist Publications