Local restaurants are feeling the heat of rising prices

Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic and Texas restaurants are feeling the heat of inflation. This time, in the face of rising prices.

With the price of merchandise and other items rising, Cookie and Crumb Bake Shop owner Katie Nicholson says prices for their most popular ingredients have increased by up to 60%.

“I actually started this business during the pandemic, so it’s been a daily ordeal for about two years now,” Nicholson said. She had to choose between using cheaper ingredients or raising her prices, she finally chose quality.

One ingredient she uses is King Arthur flour. Nicholson says he’s up $5 a bag since October. She said the eggs had gone up about 60%, adding to her costs.

“That also includes boxes, paper products, freight. Many companies don’t offer discounted freight or free freight, which increases our costs,” Nicholson said.

At Nueces Brewing Company, owner Brandon Harper said they pay 10-20% more for ingredients due to inflation.

“Well, it’s the beef brisket actually, it’s our best-selling item. And it went from $2.89 to $5.11. So we had to raise our prices a little bit,” said said Harper.

Harper tells us he took every loan he was offered just to stay open.

“Companies hate to raise prices. We don’t like doing it and we only do it if we have to. A lot of people think companies make more money because prices go up, but that’s not because most businesses, especially restaurants, haven’t raised prices to cover the price increase because of what consumers will do,” Harper said.

The Texas Restaurant Association is asking Congress for $50 billion to help restaurants across the country. The organization hopes to receive funds next month. To help support their efforts, click here.

Gladys T. Hensley