The impact of inflation on restaurants | KELOLAND.com
SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — Every day it feels like inflation is getting worse. For restaurateurs, this may mean raising their prices to keep up with the cost of ingredients.
Sanaa Abourezk says the past three years have been difficult for her restaurant, from pandemic restrictions and understaffing to now high food prices.
“Especially for small businesses, we don’t have the bargaining chip that big chains have,” Abourezk said. “For example, if McDonald’s orders tomatoes, they get a much better price than me because they have all these franchises. For us, we are insignificant in the market, so we have no room for negotiation.
She says many small restaurateurs are now debating whether to raise the price of their meals, but that poses another problem.
“If you harvest too much, you might not have enough customers to survive,” Abourezk said. “It’s really a big dilemma, I haven’t decided yet. I have several friends, we keep texting each other, “have you decided, do you raise the price”, you know.
For now, she’s getting creative with how she puts her recipes on plates.
“So I use more beans, inexpensive ingredients. I just planted my garden, try to use some from my own garden,” Abourezk said.
And she hopes food prices go down before she has to go up his prices too.
“It’s difficult when you work so hard but don’t earn any money,” Abourezk said. “So we are here right now. I mean, I don’t lose money, but I don’t make money. But how long can we hold this.