‘It has been a killer.’ With California voters distressed over inflation, candidates trade blame

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At the Winery Restaurant in Newport Beach, which has sweeping views of the harbor and a luxurious wine list, the chile-lime-rubbed mahi-mahi served with tropical fruit chutney and jasmine rice cost diners about $32 in early 2020.

Now the meal will set them back $40. Owner JC Clow says that he doesn’t enjoy raising his prices, but that rampant inflation has left him little choice.

The cost of meat and fish has gone up by nearly double digits since last summer. Even the price of coffee has climbed, and customers who buy bottles of expensive wine to pair with meals are hunting for the best price, he said.

“We have to watch every dime, every nickel, every penny,” the 57-year-old said. “You can’t just pass everything on to the guests.”

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