Inflation is hitting the restaurant industry hard - and some restaurants across the country are avoiding upping their menu prices by adding additional fees like "fuel surcharge" or "non-cash adjustment." Jonathan Horowitz of Convive Hospitality Consulting says be glad you're in Texas. "The economy in Texas has been better than in other parts of the country. It still has been a very hard time in the restaurant industry, but we haven't seen a lot of those additional fees in the area --- YET!."
Horowitz says area restaurants here, instead, are openly raising their menu prices instead - so there are no hidden fees added after you order. Horowitz explains. "It has been going on for a while but in other parts of the country. Some restaurants in California started adding additional fees to cover new insurance costs."
He says it's different in Houston. "In this market, we have, actually seen restaurants increasing their menu prices instead of adding additional service fees."