Friday, October 17, 2008

Quote of the week: 'It would actually be better for me to give that person a dollar to not eat in my restaurant'

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Ina Pinkney of Ina's (Photo: Taken from Ina's Restaurant web site)


That's "breakfast queen" Ina Pinkney of Ina's in a Tribune story on the current state of the restaurant industry.

Interesting.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's outrageous and a very unfortunate way to think of one's patrons!

Anonymous said...

Ina's doing something really wrong if she's losing money on eggs and potatoes at $5.49. Whoa!

Dan V. said...

Where's my dollar? SHOW ME THE MONEY!!

Ina Pinkney said...

Hi This is Ina....
When Monica heard me say that, she was interested in exactly what it cost me to put out that plate of eggs and potatoes.

We showed her the table top....what it costs to wash the the plates, flatware and glassware, put outthe bread, butter, napkin, table paper and what it cost for the eggs (which went from $11/case to $27/case and now is around $20/case) and potatoes which are twice the price they were a month ago.

Oh and did I mention a fuel surcharge on EVERY delivery?

Add to that the labor for the kitchen, server and busser and you can see that it's isn't just about the 2 eggs and potatoes for $5.49.

There's an intrinsic value to that plate of food and I can't charge more, which means that I'm losing money on some dishes if the customer doesn't order a coffee/espresso drink or juice.

These are really hard times for us and I wanted people to know what goes into just such a plate.