The Fiscal Cliff?
No, that's not the name of a new Tapas bar on Capitol Hill. I've noticed in the past couple of weeks that some of my favorite lunch spots have raised their prices. Perhaps they're trying to make a few extra bucks while they still know how much their tax liability is?
For example, today I went to Cafe Rio for Taco Tuesday. Tacos that previously were $1.50 on Tuesday are now $1.75. I had a quarter chicken platter at Super Pollo on Monday, formerly $5.99 and now $6.99. Last week, a small bowl of Pho at Pho 50 that used to be $6.95 is now $7.25.
Not a large amount of cash, but trends are trends. Anyone notice this creep in big bucks serious Chowhound restaurants? Or is this something that always happens at the end of every year and I've just become more aware?
Of course. Prices of everything rises constantly. Everybody knows that. It just seemed a bit odd that several prices have suddenly increased by 15-20% (if you don't count the 25 cent increase) when it became a real possibility that taxes will increase next year. That prise increse, relatively, is considerably than the cost of living increase, if any, that I'll be getting in my retirement. I notice these things.
Maybe this is one of those things like the weather, that I don't remember clearly from year to year. My recollection, fuzzy as it might be, is that restaurant prices often rise within the first couple of months in the year, and it's just starting a little early this year. Coincidence? Could be. Conspiracy? I have no theory about that.