Northern Michigan Restaurants Deal With Soaring Meat Prices
The unofficial start to summer is often marked by juicy hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, but this weekend might be different.
Meat prices are soaring right now, and it’s hitting the grocery stores and restaurant suppliers hard.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says groceries and some staples like eggs and meat are the most pricey they’ve been since 1974.
Burgers are a signature item at Sparky’s Diner in Traverse City, but they’re purchasing their patties at a hefty price.
“It’s anywhere between $7.50 and $9 per pound,” said Beth McLean of Sparky’s. “We’ve been checking those prices and that’s been gut-wrenching as far as how much that’s gone up.”
According to their online menu, Sparky’s sells burgers that are nearly half a pound. In the wake of the meat price issues, the diner has decided not to charge customers more for it.
“We don’t want to pass [the price increase] on to other people who are struggling also, especially when they’ve been so kind to us,” said McLean.
Some other northern Michigan restaurants have sadly decided to raise their prices, so don’t be surprised if you see a higher tab when you dine out.
“I’ve mostly been hearing [the price increase] about the beef, but as far as the shortage, it’s been everything,” said McLean. “Hopefully it will all even out in the end.”