Puerto Rico’s restaurant industry generated more than $1.9 billion in 2019, a decrease of 6.5% compared to 2018, according to an economic study commissioned by the Puerto Rico Restaurants Association, or ASORE in Spanish.

The decrease was attributed to a loss in population and the lack of family income growth.

The research was conducted a year after the “ASORE EAT 2018 Study,” shows changes in the current mood of the island’s consumers following last summer’s political turmoil and the reduction in SNAP welfare benefits.

Puerto Rico had 4,283 restaurants in 2019 that employed some 63,000 people, the study confirmed, citing government data.

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