Seems every time you go out to eat now, you can't get out of there with out spending a pretty penny... So why is this happening? The robust economy is partly to blame...
You may want to make “dinner and a movie” just “a movie.”
Prices at full-service restaurants– eateries with waitstaff, unlike fast-food joints – are on the rise, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Experts point to restaurants' increased expenses – like labor, rent and insurance – as the reason they're charging customers more.
Some patrons have begun to cut back on how often they dine out.
"I work two jobs, so I like to have someone take care of me for that half an hour," said Jessica Tickle a 42-year-old accounting assistant from Christiansburg, Virginia. "I’ve just noticed going into a couple of places. You're used to your bill being one thing, and then it sneaks up."