DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The pandemic put the global supply chain on hold and the supply chain has been playing catch up ever since people started returning to the workplace.
And restaurants in the Wiregrass are even having to find substitutions for food on their menus or even find a new supplier.
“It’s really hard now to even go by the menu because any given week they are going to be out of something,” Owner of Bella’s Fine Dining Robin Thagard said.
“We’ve had to kind of step out of our normal supply chain,” Owner of Shur Valu Foods, Jai Freeman said
Prices are up across the nation on everything from gasoline to toys, but food prices have risen higher than most.
Meat and eggs have gone up 12% over the past couple of months.
“First time in 12 years that we’ve had to do an increase and make some moderate changes,” Thagard said.
“We’ve seen some price increases,” Freeman said.
Restaurants like Bella’s Fine Dining and grocery stores like Shur Valu, foods have been around Dothan for years and neither has seen anything like this kind of inflation.
“All of us are looking at an increase in our menus and our prices,” Thagard said. “We really don’t have a choice.”
Both businesses are having to find substitutions, but the demand is still there, especially after so many people stayed home so long because of the pandemic.
“Probably actually seeing more customers and our business is holding steady,” Freeman said.
“Packed every evening we are open,” Thagard said.
“A lot of people are turning to the local people which is a good thing,” Thagard said.