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Inflation surcharge being added to bills at some Colorado Springs restaurants

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Filling your stomach now comes at a higher price for a few restaurants in Downtown Colorado Springs.

The restaurant group Choice Restaurant Concepts, which owns several popular restaurants and bars in Downtown Colorado Springs, says they aren't raising prices, they're adding a 5% inflation surcharge to bills to help make ends meet.

"We are, so far, the only restaurant group that I know of that has instituted something like this," General Manager Travis Blaney told KRDO.

The group owns popular downtown spots T-Byrd's Tacos, Mood Tapas Bar, District 11, and Bird Tree Cafe. 

The company implemented the change in the last month and says they've gotten some complaints, but not as many as they expected. It is advertised on the business website and on the bottom of the menus.

But, Blaney did say he doesn't want this to be a permanent charge.

"We are hopeful that this isn't a long-term situation," Blaney told KRDO.

A breakdown of the bill shows an extra 5% added on for an inflation surcharge, the 8.2% sales tax, and an additional 1.8% public improvement fee. In total, all customers are now paying 15% in taxes.

"It concerns us greatly, globally for the restaurant industry, everybody is concerned right now," Blaney added. With the summer rush over, he says they didn't have much of a choice.

“It pretty quickly became apparent that we were upside down on costs."

The approach though is quite different, and not everyone is on board.

"Why not just raise the prices of the food to make it match?" asked bargoer Jared Claybaugh.

Blaney says they don't want to raise prices, because he thinks it's bad business to lower the prices if deflation happens.

"You know, if it doesn't need to be 5%, if it only needs to be three to make things work for us, then we can adjust it on the fly, in the moment, as we go."

Blaney added that another contributing factor to this is the increase in the price of natural gas from Colorado Springs Utilities. Right now commercial businesses are paying 33% more than just one month ago.

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21 Comments

  1. Just another one of the indignities that we have to suffer in Biden’s America. Not my president.

  2. “price of natural gas from Colorado Springs Utilities. Right now commercial businesses are paying 33% more than just one month ago.”
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    Great job shutting down Drake.

  3. And if anyone pays that fee it shows how really stupid they are. Let them go out of business. You work for your money and just like that they decide to take it. Help them close their business down by not supporting them

  4. Thank You Mr. Joe Biden. America will always remember you. The fools who elected you, and everyone else will pay the price.

  5. just boycott them out of business.
    I think raising the prices by 5% would have been the better move.

  6. I recently went to a Sherwin Williams paint store and was surprised by a 4% “Supply Chain Charge”. That will end me doing business with them…. I think it should be mandatory that business advertise these hidden fees ahead of time.

  7. Proof positive that the Brandon Administration is the worst thing to happen to this country since the Carter Administration.

    1. Recovering from the Trump administration is the cause of many problems our country faces today.

  8. As we weren’t interested Before, Now we are further disinclined!! I hope THIS is Posted On their door & menus, so that only those who LIKE to be Openly throwing their money at such a HOOK, will patronize their establishments!! As Fcn2.0 stated, they should have just raised the prices, be done with it, because, how long has it been since any business Lowered their prices, afterwards? Thanks for the warning about “Sherwin Williams paint store’s 4% “Supply Chain Charge”, Simon! “It should be mandatory that business advertise these hidden fees ahead of time.”!!

  9. Oh! As Pointed out by my spouse; “5% added on for an inflation surcharge, the 8.2% sales tax, and an additional 1.8% public improvement fee. In total, all customers are now paying nearly 15% in taxes.” The CO Spgs. Sales tax IS 8.25%(I Know most of the surrounding cities taxes!) + 5%+ 1.8%, Isn’t “nearly”, But ACTUALLY Over 15%!! Don’t minimize The FACTS! I’d state, that the Kansas song, “Dust In The Wind”, came to mind when told of this!!

  10. Biden the demented fraud puppet and the radical Marxist Democrats that now occupy our government purposely want to destroy small businesses, they are on a mission to destroy America. FJB

      1. Since you are not too bright and did not get it the first time I will repeat for you:

        Biden the demented fraud puppet and the radical Marxist Democrats that now occupy our government purposely want to destroy small businesses, they are on a mission to destroy America. FJB

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