for restaurateurs too, inflation is salty

“People arrive with a full cooler”

Sophie took over the restaurant Chez Ré Monde with her son Maxence last February. This ex-lawyer lists the high expenses for a holiday on the Ile de Ré: “The full tank of gas to come, the price of renting on the Ile de Ré… people go to restaurants less and arrive with a full cooler . “If she is satisfied with an average ticket of 25 to 40 euros at this time of year, some tables are restricted: “Couples share a steak and fries with their two children. »

At the entrance to Saint-Martin-de-Ré, arriving from Bois-Plage-en-Ré, La Maison, an upscale restaurant that opened in April, aims to become one of the best tables on the island. But since the beginning of July, summer visitors have replaced locals and the average ticket has fallen by 20% per head. “Our most expensive dish at 33 euros, I sell it very little in July when lean meat appeals to a lot of people”, regrets chef Antoine Martellière.

Antoine Martellière also suffered from the rise in duck and chicken prices due to avian flu.


Antoine Martellière also suffered from the rise in duck and chicken prices due to avian flu.

Paul Lonceint-Spinelli

He also notes incomplete menus but tempers: “People eat less and eat better so they prefer to share the starter or the dessert. The interminable July heat wave also partly explains the small portions, according to Laurent Favier, owner of Chai nous comme chai vous at La Flotte and representative of the Union des métiers et des industries de l’hôtellerie: “As it’s hot, people order fewer whole menus, but drink a lot! »

Soaring raw materials

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