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Restaurants nationwide raise prices amid soaring costs, labor shortage

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Americans returning to restaurants might notice something different: a bigger bill. 

Rising costs of ingredients and basic supplies as well as a nationwide labor shortage are throttling restaurants just as they begin to fully reopen and ramp up for a bustling summer season. 

Alan Natkiel, the owner of Georgia’s Northside in Concord, New Hampshire, took to Facebook to plead with customers to understand. 

“Due to the surging costs.. I hate saying what I’m about to say but here it is-  I will be raising prices on select items to offset my increased wholesale costs,” he wrote in a post. “When supply chain issues and availability come back around, I pledge to adjust my prices accordingly in order to maintain a menu that is fresh, dynamic, and very importantly to me: affordable to the Concord community.”

The price of St. Louis Ribs, for example, is up 50 percent over the past three months, he said, and fryer oil prices have almost doubled while food service gloves have tripled in cost. 

Alan Natkiel, owner of New Hampshire restaurant Georgia’s Northside, informed guests on Facebook that menu price items may be going up.Instagram

Natkiel added that he’s not currently selling chicken wings due