When you run a small business, every penny counts, and small price increases can really add up.
George Poniros, owner of Raleigh landmark hot dog restaurant The Roast Grill, hung this sign in his restaurant to explain to customers why he is raising his hot dog prices. The dogs now cost $2.50 instead of $2.25.
"I had to and I hate to," Poniros said. "But most people just raise prices. I'm trying to give people a reason why."
It's the second price increase Piniros has had to institute in two years. The last one was also a quarter, and it was a year and a half ago.
"Before that, our prices had been the same for 11 years," he said.
But loyal customers say the price bump won't deter them from visiting. Thanks to Kirk Kirkland of Raleigh, who snapped this photo. According to Kirk's father, Bill, there are three generations of the Kirkland family who will continue to enjoy Roast Grill hot dogs -- with or without the price increase.