Irene Reverte Chico I
Barcelona, 20 September (EFE) — It’s already hard to find a daily menu in Barcelona for less than 11 euros because rising food and energy prices have forced most restaurateurs to raise prices. Now the cheapest ones are 12 euros, and the most common ones are 13 and higher.
Given the rise in prices, many restaurateurs have also reduced their menu to offer cheaper products, or have decided that drinks are no longer included in the daily menu, after several days during which they saw their customers decrease, many due to that they switched to a lunch box.
Several bar and restaurant owners consulted by Efe explained that they were reluctant to raise prices on the daily menu, even knowing their regulars would not like it.
According to the Hospitality Association of Spain, the cost of the daily menu has increased by an average of only 9% since 2016, and in fact in these nine months alone, prices have increased by 9.4%.
Lucas (he prefers not to use his last name) is the manager of La Yaya, a restaurant and bar located on La Rambla del Poblenou, and explains that he had to raise the price of his menu from 12 euros to 13 euros to cover the costs. expenses, mainly due to rising electricity and electricity prices.
Thus, Lucas’ customers will have to pay about 22 euros more per month to eat at his establishment every working day.
“I am annoyed and disappointed that I have so many expenses. Since the end of the summer, the electricity bill has doubled: now we pay more than 2,000 euros a month on the electricity bill, while before it was about 1,000 euros,” sobs Lukas.
“Each month we have to save more than the previous one,” he adds.
Restaurateurs blame the current situation on rising energy prices, as well as exorbitant prices for some raw materials, many of which are needed to prepare daily menu items such as butter or coffee.
Some restaurants have chosen to remove coffee from the menu price if it was included, or offer the dish for an additional fee.
“In recent months, we have paid 10% more than usual to be able to buy meat, seafood, oil, vegetables and beer,” says Lucas.
“With rising prices, we are now spending almost 50% of the money we earn on buying food, and for this reason we have raised the price of the menu by one euro,” he sums up.
The situation at La Yaya is not an isolated incident, as one of the owners of the Cabo Nou bar in Sant Martí (Barcelona), Andrés Jakovski, explained to Efe that he also had to raise prices for the daily menu. two euros, a radical but not entirely effective measure to survive: “we are still tight,” he says.
At both the Cabo Nou restaurant and the El Terral restaurant in Palamos (Girona), towards the end of the summer, their managers decided to create a new daily menu card in order to survive: “we removed products that are now very expensive, such as shrimp, because that if the customers didn’t ask for them, it wouldn’t pay off,” one of the waitresses at El Terral, Sarah Andreu, explained to Efe.
“Today, there are products on the menu that are not profitable, such as padrón peppers and many others that we can no longer afford,” the owner of Cabo Nou says of rising raw material prices.
Despite the data, rising prices and receiving disproportionate bills, many workers like Sara Andreu remain confident and hopeful that their situation will improve in the coming months, though they fear losing customers “if they continue to raise prices.” .
“Inflation affects everyone; Customers have also noticed that life has become more expensive and they are looking for inexpensive but quality meals,” Andreu says.
“The first thing the customer says is ‘how expensive it is’ and they seem to forget that no one is left out in this upswing, not even us,” says Yakovsky, who believes that “business is business” despite to criticism from customers.
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