CINCINNATI – Groceries are more expensive now than they were a year ago, and some restaurants are charging more because of rising food prices to make ends meet.
Kristen Bailey is the owner of Sweets and Meats BBQ. She said she didn’t want to raise the prices of her menu items, but if she didn’t, her business wouldn’t last.
“I’m sorry, I was charging $ 12 and now I’m charging $ 15,” Bailey said. “I just can’t do this physically. I can’t afford to do this. I would go bankrupt.”
Part of the reason she had to increase the prices was partly because she had to order more food to keep up with the increased sales, but the other reason is that the food, especially the meat. , costs more.
“Our food costs are typically around $ 2,500 twice a week,” Bailey said. “We get deliveries on Mondays and Thursdays, our bill this week was $ 4,800 just for our Monday delivery … Chicken alone is up 42%.”
Due to rising costs, the restaurant has increased its prices for the first time since opening. Meal prices increased $ 2, sandwich prices increased $ 1, and desserts and sides increased $ 0.50.
“Our customers have been very supportive of this,” Bailey said. “They said they were happy to pay the price, they are happy to make the trip to come and support us, they see the value we offer. Everything is cooked from scratch using family recipes.”
However, some menu items will not be profitable, because the cost is just too high.
“We won’t even have chicken wings on our menu this year,” Bailey said. “The cost is just huge for a chicken wing, I would pay people to eat wings at this point.”
Other restaurants sell chicken wings, but they plan to sell them at “market price”, like lobster.
Scotty Berens, the chef at Deadlow Brewing, said his restaurant weighs around 800 pounds. wings in a week. He said they haven’t raised wing prices yet, but will have to do so soon.
“I hate comparing chicken to lobster, but right now, where the prices are going down, that’s what you have to do,” Berens said. “You raise the price, you put the ‘market price’ on your menu. It’s sad that we have to go back to that for the chicken wings, but that’s what it is.”