I buy my meat at a local meat market. For years they have offered a dozen free eggs with every $25 purchase. Our running joke was how difficult it was to spend $25 there (a household of two women–50+ and 90+, so small quantities). At the start of the lockdown, demand increased, eggs were more difficult to come by and the free eggs went away.
We went to the shop a few days ago. We wanted an eye roast, but everything on offer was 2+ pounds, so we asked if they could cut it in half. This is a request they have always honored; but this time was a no . . . they were too busy. We ended up with two very thick NY strips, 1.5 pounds of ground beef and a 4-pack of chicken breasts. $40 !!! Admittedly, that’s at least seven days of meals, but it’s still twice what we’re used to.
Then today I heard the owner of a BBQ restaurant on the radio. The brisket he used to pay $2.68/lb is now $8.25/lb. His admittedly expensive custom ground beef that he used to buy for $3.75/lb is now $9.20/lb.
Restaurants can not only open, but when they do they are going to have to charge exorbitant prices. And I think I’m going to have to adopt a diet with much less meat