Commercial rent is expensive (no doubt about that) but WHY can’t I get lunch for under $15?! Hah – let’s say $20 or $30, really.
Did the quality of food get that much better throughout the years? Here’s a good example: some places are charging $6.50 for a SLICE of pizza. One isn’t enough (who eats only one slice of pizza?) so if you order two you’re shelling out $13 plus tax. For two effing slices of pizza. OR I could get a $15 panini with my $5 tea. How is it that non-alcoholic beverages cost more than what I used to pay for a sandwich? Thank God you get free water at most places or that would be another 3 bucks! Don’t get me started on “fancy water” – another 5 to 7 bucks. That’s right, I’ve paid $7 for a WATER.
The best (aka WORST) part is that I’m not even being served; no one’s waiting on me; I’m doing all of the work. I’m surprised they don’t just point me to the kitchen and have me make my own food.
There’s one spot in L.A. that I frequent – it’s amazing and that’s why I still go but… most of the time I wait up to an hour to order, then tack on another 20 minutes to get the food. Am I even hungry anymore? I’m HANGRY. But, of course, I’m going to give gratuity (I’m not a dick). Is it the staff’s fault that it’s so expensive? No, it’s not. SOOOOO, my 30 dollar lunch just became THIRTY-SIX BUCKS. No one has poured me water or asked how my meal is. God forbid I need a condiment or extra napkin, but I’m also being rushed to eat and GTFO. People are standing over me, staring, and waiting for me to leave so they can have my spot.
Like I said, I get that these restaurants’ rent is super expensive. Is it the owner’s fault or the town? I am sympathetic to their pain and guarantee these businesses are getting financially drained just for the space. The farmers they source from aren’t over charging that much. Is it because minimum wage is high? Employee salaries? Their debt shouldn’t be OUR problem. How can people constantly afford to grab a bite at these cafes?
I’m all about supporting local businesses but we ask that they PLEASE appreciate our hard earned cash-money. Step up the service game and knock a dollar or two off of your lemonade.
Kristen & Jeanine