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$4.00 for a soda?
$4.00 for a soda?
Friday night after and wait for about 30 minutes a tough week, you want to take the family out to dinner. Most of the time is spent making home cooked meals. Tonight, let's go out to eat and enjoy. Get to the restaurant, its packed to the gills and waited for about 30-45 minutes. That in itself is a good sign, good quality and good value. We were seated and the waitress was very friendly and accommodating. The menu was clear cut and not cluttered. We all ordered and ordered ice tea and soda to go with the meal.
The meal came in piping hot, the aroma was wonderful, we were having a great time and would return for another great experience.
Got the bill and I see they charged us $ 4.00 each for our drinks. Ok, I realize how desperate business owners are right now. They are finding way to make more money without scaring away the customers but charging $ 4.00 for each drink or beverage that is always ordered when dining out? I think that's ridiculous. Rather than lose a little bit of money by charging the regular price of a beverage, they are passing the cost of the main ingredients whether it be steak, chicken or seafood to make it look like they are giving good value to the customer. After seeing the bill, it just left a bad taste in my mouth. It as a total downer! It makes me believe that what else did they have to increase to offset the higher price of the chicken, beef or seafood?
Instead of ordering more selection, I'll be more cautious just to order a straightforward meal.
It's a catch 22 scenario, cut back on portions and charge the right price and get complaints that the portions are reduced or give the customer what they want and charge them the right price that might out the customer in sticker shock! I would think the later. The consumer is smarter than you think and pretty reasonable.
If they know they are getting the quality ingredients at the right price, they will pay.
Paying $ 4.00 for a beverage? Not a good move, I'd say.
Chef Woo Can