Area Restaurants Holding Prices Despite Lime Cost Hikes

May 5, 2014

Between storms, tree disease, and citrus-stealing cartels in Mexico, limes have been in short supply this year, hiking up costs for margarita makers. But that doesn’t mean D.C. Mexican restaurants and bars are going to let a little Limepocalypse sour their Cinco de Mayo deals.

Richard Sandoval Restaurants Beverage Director Rob Day, who oversees the bar at El Centro D.F, says the price of limes has gone down slightly over the past few weeks, but it’s still “more than double the amount we expected.” Normally, Day says the price for a case (around 175 to 200 limes) is only $50 to $60 in May. Now, he says it’s around $100. Meanwhile, Casa Oaxaca manager Joahna Hernandez says her Adams Morgan restaurant is paying up to $160. And Passion Food Hospitality Beverage Director Scott Clime, whose restaurants include Fuego Cocina y Tequileria and Ceiba, says there were times this year when an ounce of lime juice cost more than an ounce of some tequilas.

Despite their increased costs, Day, Hernandez, and Clime all say they refuse to change their recipes or their prices for now. All the restaurants will offer happy hour specials today with $5 margaritas.


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