Your go-to burrito is going to be a little more expensive, but for a good reason.
On Sunday, Cosmic Cantina placed a sign outside of its door informing customers that its prices would be increasing starting on April 2.
“In order to pay our beautiful employees competitively and to support rising food costs, we sometimes increase our prices. In this case, we will increase prices by 9 percent,” the sign reads.
Cosmic Cantina, located at 128 East Franklin St., serves burritos, tacos and other Mexican-inspired cuisine. The restaurant is known for being open until 4 a.m. and serving quality food at a reasonable price.
According to the sign, it has been five years since the restaurant last increased its prices, but Assistant Manager Yeshua Sanchez said the change is necessary to keep the prime location and quality of their food.
“We are also on Franklin Street, so the price of rent is going up,” Sanchez said. “Our avocados are expensive, and we have high quality here.”
The sign also stated the price increase closely follows inflation, which has increased nationally over the last five years.
More businesses in Chapel Hill are supporting a living wage in 2019, and Sanchez said Cosmic Cantina also aims to respect the financial needs of its workers.
“In Chapel Hill it’s very competitive to keep employees,” Sanchez said. “Most people are expecting to get paid higher wages on Franklin Street than in most places.”