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‘Inflation fee’ tacked onto restaurant bill

The price of a meal at a national restaurant chain just got more expensive. Macaroni Grill now charges a “temporary inflation fee” of $2. The charge is affixed to the bottom of customer bills. Customer Alison Burke said she was surprised but “completely understands” the need for this restaurant to do this. Loyal customers of Macaroni Grill sister station WESH spoke up to say they don’t mind. “We had the most wonderful service. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. Great meal. Good time with friends. Definitely worth it,” Burke said. Macaroni Grill is warning customers with a sign on the door that supply chain shortages and inflation are affecting the cost of doing business. The restaurant’s website goes on to say in part: It would be easy to just raise menu prices, as many restaurants have done, but he sees the charge as a temporary solution. However, some family restaurants were completely horrified. Julie Casey is the owner and chef of Outpost in Maitland. “Personally, I think it’s suicide,” he said. Casey says she is constantly reshaping their menu to adjust to the economy, and so are her customers. “We’re all suffering. Macaroni Grill isn’t the only one suffering. Consumers are suffering too. So basically it feels like a punishment for the consumer who walks into Macaroni Grill,” Casey said.

The price of a meal at a national restaurant chain just got more expensive.

Macaroni Grill now charges a “temporary inflation fee” of $2. The charge is affixed to the bottom of customer bills.

Customer Alison Burke said she was surprised but “completely understands” the need for this restaurant to do this.

Loyal customers of Macaroni Grill sister station WESH spoke up to say they don’t mind.

“We had the most wonderful service. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. Great meal. Good time with friends. Definitely worth it,” Burke said.

Macaroni Grill is warning customers with a sign on the door that supply chain shortages and inflation are affecting the cost of doing business.

The restaurant’s website goes on to say in part: It would be easy to just raise menu prices, as many restaurants have done, but he sees the charge as a temporary solution.

However, some family restaurants were completely horrified.

Julie Casey is the owner and chef of Outpost in Maitland.

“Personally, I think it’s suicide,” he said.

Casey says she is constantly reshaping their menu to adjust to the economy, and so are her customers.

“We’re all suffering. Macaroni Grill isn’t the only one suffering. Consumers are suffering too. So basically it feels like a punishment for the consumer who walks into Macaroni Grill,” Casey said.

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