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Birmingham restaurants deal with supply chain problems, inflation

Birmingham restaurants deal with supply chain problems, inflation



JEFFERSON COUNTY JAIL, AND IS BEING HELD ON A 15,000 DOLLAR BOND. BRITTANY: SUPPLY CHAIN PROBLEMS AND A SPIKE IN PRICES FOR EVERYTHING. IAN: RESTAURANTS ARE STRUGGLING TO MAINTAIN QUALITY AND KEEP CUSTOMERS. JEFF JOINS US LIVE. JEFF: BACK IN NOVEMBER, WE PAID A CALL ON A LITTLE PLACE, MAYBE A HOLE IN THE WALL, BUT WE LIVE IT. OWNER MARIA HAS SURVIVED THE PANDEMIC AND THE PANIC SO FAR, BUT NOT WITHOUT A BIG FIGHT. >> THINGS HAVE NOT GOTTEN BETTER. WE ARE STILL STRUGGLING, TRYING TO FIND ITEMS. JEFF: THE STICKER SHOCK. OIL FOR FRENCH FRIES, HARD TO FIND SOME DAYS AND PRICES HAVE EXPLODED. >> OIL WAS ABOUT $17 BEFORE COVID. NOW IT IS $50, MAYBE $100. JEFF: FRIES ARMONK — ARE AMONG THE MOST POPULAR ITEMS. >> IT PUTS ME OUT WHEN I DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT OIL. JEFF: THE PRICE OF CHICKEN, ONCE $.99 A POUND. >> BEEF CHUCK, $3.39. CHICKEN BREAST, FOUR TIMES HIGHER. JEFF: CHICKEN NOW MORE THAN BEES. PAPER GOODS AND FRENCH FAR EXCEEDING HER LUNCH. SOMETIMES SHE STILL CAN’T GET HER HANDS ON IT. >> MOST PEOPLE HAVE BEEN UNDERSTANDING. YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF CUSTOMERS LIKE, WHY ARE YOU OUT OF THIS? THIS IS MY FAVORITE THING. OR, I CAME FROM SO FAR AWAY TO GET THIS THING AND I CAN’T GET IT. JEFF: THIS UPRIGHT — SUPPLY CHAIN PROBLEMS PERSIST. >> I HAVE TO BE CHASING THEM ALL AROUND THE CITY. I HAVE TO GO TO RESTAURANT DEPOT OR SAM’S. SOMETIMES THEY DO NOT HAVE IT. IT TAKES TIME COMMITTED TAKES GAS MONEY. IT IS A BURDEN. JEFF: A BURDEN MARIA AND SO MANY OTHERS IN THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS HAVE TO ENDURE IF THEY ARE NOT ONLY GOING TO SURVIVE, PERHAPS ONCE AGAIN THRIVE.

Birmingham restaurants deal with supply chain problems, inflation

Birmingham restaurant owners are continuing to feel the pinch of supply chain problems.In the video above, WVTM 13’s Jeff Eliasoph talks with Maria Greguol, owner of La Calle Tacos and Snacks.Greguol said things are slowly improving, but her business is still struggling with the inventory. “Things have gotten better with the supply chain, but we’re still struggling trying to find some items. Oil, for example, for the fries is hard to find.” Greguol said. “And when you find it, the price is almost double or triple.”

Birmingham restaurant owners are continuing to feel the pinch of supply chain problems.

In the video above, WVTM 13’s Jeff Eliasoph talks with Maria Greguol, owner of La Calle Tacos and Snacks.

Greguol said things are slowly improving, but her business is still struggling with the inventory.

“Things have gotten better with the supply chain, but we’re still struggling trying to find some items. Oil, for example, for the fries is hard to find.” Greguol said. “And when you find it, the price is almost double or triple.”

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