LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – The cost of raw materials may have gone up, but restaurant Andele’s hot cheese enchiladas are priced the same as before the pandemic.
“There is a different challenge every day because of the supply chain,” said Andrea Schneider, owner of the restaurant for 26 years. “We haven’t increased our prices for three years. “
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of full-service meals increased 5.9% between October 2020 and October 2021. The price of fast food (limited-service meals) increased by 7.1 % during the same period.
From cups of salsa to raw meat, Schneider told ABC-7 that the cost of doing business has kept rising during the pandemic. After losing around $ 1 million in sales between her main restaurant and Andele’s Dog House, she said she may have to increase the prices of her menus in 2022.
“It was a real challenge,” said Schneider.
Across town from Las Cruces, Burritos Victoria made the difficult decision to increase menu prices three weeks ago.
“We had to increase the full menu just to keep the business going,” explained manager Hindra Ponce. “Everything is fine.”
She said her cups, meat and vegetables have become more expensive. Although no item on her menu has gone up more than $ 1, she said she was still worried about customers buying so much food.
“No one wants to spend more than $ 20,” Ponce said.