Restauranteur urges customers complaining about beef prices to call their Reps, ask them

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As inflation continues to rise across the nation, some stores, especially those selling the hardest hit goods, are being forced to raise prices and, in one such store, even suggest customers avoid some items on their own menu.

Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue, in Kansas City, Missouri, is known for its brisket sandwiches, arguably one of the most well-known in the nation. However, the owner, Jerry Rauschelbach, has felt compelled to raise prices to the point that he now advises customers to stay away from one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes.

Those brisket sandwiches that are such a favorite with the restaurant’s customers? They are now nearly $18, up from their original price of $10.95. According to Rauschelbach, customers are very upset by the price hike, and he says he doesn’t blame them at all when he spoke to “Fox & Friends” on Thursday.

“We think $17.95 for a 12-ounce sandwich is ridiculous, but so is the cost that I’m paying for it,” Rauschelbach said on the show.

In the meantime, Rauschelbach has urged his customers to try other meats and has hung up a sign in the restaurant to explain to them why prices are high, and what other items on the menu have a more reasonable price tag, and to remind patrons that complaining to the staffers at the restaurant won’t do anything to lower the price of beef or the brisket sandwiches.

“They can order other meats. No one’s making them order it. It’s OK to order something else. The issue is supply and demand,” Rauschelbach said to host Steve Doocy.

Regarding the issue of supply and demand, one of his suggestions is to get involved in dealing with the source of the problem, and call their elected representatives:

“They can call their congressmen and ask why things are the way they are.”

Rauschelbach also said he hopes that promoting other foods on his menu will help decrease the demand for beef, and the price as well. The owner went on to mention that principle in regards to the high gas prices the nation has been experiencing.

“It would be amazing in this country if everybody didn’t drive their gas vehicles for one day — what that would do for the price of gasoline. The reality of the fact is that if you keep doing what you’re doing, you can’t change things,” he said.

In spite of the prices, Rauschelbach says that people are still ordering the brisket sandwiches, and simply paying the $18 anyway. The restaurant has been able to cut back on the amount of brisket ordered by about 5 to 7 percent, he said, and prices have started easing a little over the last few months, though he felt that prices would climb again as demand increased due to people grilling more at home during the spring and summer.

“When we open up the country to all the grillers and the smokers, demand again will be high, and I expect the prices to go back up again,” Rauschelbach said of his anticipated upcoming price hikes.


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