Dining and Boozing

Austin's adding restaurants and bars faster than almost anywhere in the nation

Austin's adding restaurants and bars faster than almost anywhere else

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Austin is one of the fastest-growing places for restaurants, bars and hotels.  Photo courtesy of Selfstorage.com

There's no denying that Austin's a hotbed for restaurants and bars. A new study from SelfStorage.com shows just how quickly the number of local restaurants, bars and hotels is growing.

The study on the fastest-growing places for "dining, snoozing and boozing" ranks the U.S. metro areas with the highest growth rates for restaurants, hotels and bars per 1,000 residents from 2005-2013.

Over the nine-year period, the growth rate in Austin was nearly 12 percent, making it the No. 9 fastest-growing place for restaurants, bars and hotels. In 2005, we had 2.09 restaurants, bars and hotels per 1,000 residents. In 2013, the number jumped to 2.33. 

Three other Texas cities are on the list, and the fastest-growing may come as a surprise. El Paso ranks No. 3, just behind New Orleans and New York City. El Paso's nine-year growth rate was a whopping 14.13 percent. Dallas-Fort Worth lands at No. 6 followed by Houston at No. 7. 

They're growing fast, but Austin still boasts more establishments per 1,000 residents than any other Texas city on the list.