I went to Rosina Gourmet downtown last week and they had a new menu up. Pretty much the same sandwiches, but without any prices displayed. It's not that all the items cost the same--there are about 20 choices, and they all have different prices. I asked the staff and they said it was the owner's idea so that they could change the prices if ingredients changed cost.
I find this very disconcerting. It seems like a pretty transparent attempt to raise prices without alerting the consumers. (After all, if prices are really fluctuating, just have chalkboard prices or something.) I felt very uneasy placing my order and then finding out how much is costs. Prices are one of the inputs I use when deciding what to order. I'm being cheated if I don't have all the information.
I adore the food at Rosina, and Vino Rosina also. Some of the best stuff in Baltimore. But I don't know if I can support such an anti-customer mentality.
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