Colorado restaurant Los Dos Potrillos struggles to make ends meet while keeping prices level for customers – CBS Denver

CENTENNIAL, Colorado (CBS4) – In Los Dos Potrillos there is no shortage of delicious Mexican cuisine.

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“Our map is gigantic. We have about four menu pages,” said Daniel Ramirez, co-CEO of the family restaurant.

Still, supply chain shortages have put some Colorado restaurants in serious trouble. Additionally, soaring food prices are impacting many key ingredients.

“Chicken, of course, has gone up especially with avian flu,” Ramirez told CBS4’s Kelly Werthmann. “It’s not just inflation, but nature itself. And lawyers a few months ago. We have seen it all. We saw [costs] going up, we saw it going down.

CBS4’s Kelly Werthmann interviews Daniel Ramirez at Los Dos Potrillos. (credit: CBS)

Historic inflation puts a bitter taste in everyone’s mouth. It hit a 40-year high in March when U.S. consumer prices rose 8.5% from a year ago, according to the Labor Department. Restaurants are trying to adapt as some are whipping up different flavors or even changing their menus.

“The good thing about it is that we’re all restaurateurs,” Ramirez said. “We all have this inner driver of, ‘Hey, we’re going to find out. “”

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So far, Ramirez said his family restaurant has found ways to keep the same 4-page menu, like using a variety of food vendors to provide their authentic flavors. And, for now, he said they are not passing any increased costs on to the consumer.

“There is always this discussion to increase this or increase that,” he explained. “But, if we decide to do that, we’re not going to increase dramatically. Like a percentage or 2%.”

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Ramirez knows, however, that not all restaurants or family businesses are so lucky.

“This is absolutely concerning for all restaurateurs. Either we have option A, which is ‘Ah man, that’s hard. It’s really difficult. Or, option B, ‘Let’s figure it out, find a way and try to make it happen,'” he said.

His advice for “getting there”? Focus on one ingredient that costs nothing: customer friendliness.

“Once they walk through the door, make them feel at home,” Ramirez said. “Make them feel welcome and everything and those sales will come.”

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