Coronavirus: Pennsylvania restaurant raises price 50% because of meat shortage

Coronavirus: Pennsylvania restaurant raises price 50% because of meat shortage
FILE PHOTO: A western Pennsylvania restaurant is passing along a price hike to its customers due to the meat shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and customers said they don't mind and completely understand. (Free-Images.com/Free-Images.com)

BRENTWOOD, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania restaurant is passing along a price hike to its customers due to the meat shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and customers said they don’t mind and completely understand.

Rowdy BBQ has been in business along Route 51 in Brentwood for 16 years, and customers told WPXI-TV the great food keeps them coming back.

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But now at the walk-up window, they are greeted with a sign warning them of a temporary price increase of about 50% on all pork and beef.

“Meat’s doubled in price, so we could have doubled our prices or taken the items off the menu. So we sort of went in the middle and kept everything on the menu,” owner Steven Klingslend said.

Klingslend said he's been very transparent about letting customers know in advance of the price change.

But despite the markup, he told WPXI-TV business has continued to increase. Customers said they understand small businesses are hurting at this time and want to be supportive.

The owner just hopes the meat shortage is not long term.

Klingslend told WPXI-TV there are other options on the menu that he still kept the same price, such as chicken sandwiches.

He said the price increase for pork, brisket and burgers are temporary, but it’s unclear for how long.