Restaurants – fast food or fast casual

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RESTAURANTS — fast food or fast casual


This classification applies to each separate and distinct restaurant that prepares hot and cold food and may pour and serve alcoholic beverages for consumption by the walk-in trade on or away from the premises with limited table service, such that customers are required to:

  • order food at a counter or through a drive through window, kiosk or web-based application;
  • pay at the time of order; and
  • seat themselves if dining on-site.

Fast food or fast casual restaurants may conduct limited table service including bringing paid orders to tables, refilling beverages or clearing tables.

Hot food items are foods that are cooked to order from a raw or partially cooked state to a safe consumable minimum internal temperature using cooking equipment, including but not limited to deep fryers, ovens, stovetops, griddles, barbeques, grills, hot plates and pressure or steam cookers and served hot for consumption by the walk-in trade. This also includes foods that are cooked in advance and served from a warming tray or similar device.

This classification also applies to restaurants that engage in on-site beer brewing operations where the beer brewed is primarily (over 50% of gross receipts) sold at restaurant locations operated by the same employer for on-site consumption. If 50% or more of the beer brewed on-site is sold for off-site consumption, the brewing operations shall be separately classified as 2121, Breweries.

The manufacture of baked goods, doughnuts or filled pasta that are not used or sold at restaurant locations operated by the same employer shall be classified as 2003, Bakeries or Cracker Mfg.

Restaurants providing full table service shall be classified as 9080, Restaurants – full service. Full table service includes but is not limited to greeting customers upon arrival, managing reservations, seating customers, taking orders, serving food or beverages, clearing tables and collecting payment upon completion of meal service.

Employers that do not operate restaurants but manufacture or process individually packaged meals or salads that are not cooked to order, kept warm or served hot to the walk-in trade shall be classified as 6504, Food Products Mfg. or Processing.

The preparation, serving or sale of cold food items such as sandwiches, salads and side dishes that are prepared for consumption by the walk-in trade shall be classified as 8078(1), Sandwich Shops.

Mobile food vendors that prepare hot food shall be classified as 9081(1), Restaurants – N.O.C. Mobile food vendors that do not prepare hot food shall be classified as 8017(1), Stores – retail, 8078(1), Sandwich Shops, 8078(2), Beverage Preparation Shops, or 8078(3), Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt Shops, depending on the products sold.

App-based on-demand Delivery Network Companies (DNC) that deliver restaurant meals on a fee basis shall be classified as 7198(1), Parcel Delivery and Messenger Service Companies.

Refer to the Food and Beverage Service Industry Group for a complete list of classifications applicable to the preparation or serving of food or beverages.