Mati's hasn't closed yet, but it will by the end of the month, reports Brandon Darnell in Sac Press.
Owner Ranjani Prasad said Monday that she’s shutting her doors for a variety of reasons.
“Even though our sales have not gone down, our costs have gone up,” she said. “People are not spending too much – they used to come in and get a two-item plate, but now they’re getting a one-item plate, and they’re not coming in as frequently.”
Many of the ingredients – notably the spices – are imported, and they continue to increase in cost. She said the mobile food trend has pinched business as well.
Don't worry, though - the owner will return to her job as an accountant for the state.
Read the entire story in Sac Press.
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