20 • PENNSYLVANIA RESTAURANT & LODGING matters • Spring 2022 How to Grow Restaurant Profit Margins from Open to Close The average profit margin for a restaurant in 2019 was 6.2%. That was before the pandemic. Now, with the latest spike in food costs and the labor pool dwindling, those margins have only gotten slimmer. But it doesn’t have to be that way. A recent white paper from SpotOn, the preferred technology partner of the PRLA, shows how technology can increase revenue and lower costs one step at a time.