Reported by Charles Dale
Students buying lunch at the Langara Sushi Café will find themselves paying more due to a recent price increase.
Prices at the popular restaurant in the Langara Students’ Union Building have increased by as much as one dollar on some items.
Peter Lee, owner of the café, said the price increase is the result of rising food costs, a slumping Canadian dollar and increased labour expenses due to the recent B.C. minimum wage hike.
“Canadian currency is so low, that’s why food costs go up,” Lee said. “Food costs went up, labour went up. It’s not easy to hire skilled guys for a reasonable price.”
Price changes did not go unnoticed
Daniel Carkner, who works on campus for the Centre for Accessible Post-secondary Education Resources B.C., said the price change will not stop him from eating at the sushi café.
“There’s not really other options that I would like. I’m a vegetarian, and there’s not much in the cafeteria for vegetarians,” Carkner said.
Kyle Kemp, a Langara recreation management student, said he was disappointed in the price increase, and in campus food in general.
“It’s a little too expensive for what it is,” Kemp said. “I just find myself not eating on campus. I sometimes take the SkyTrain down to Marine Gateway and get something cheaper.”
Students kept in mind during the change
Lee said he has seen a small decline in business since the price increase, but he has tried to keep the prices as low as possible.
“This is a restaurant in a school, so more than 95 per cent of customers are students. I used to be a student, I understand.” Lee said. “We tried to keep the best price for everybody.”
This is the second price increase for the café since it opened three years ago.
Price comparison, 2015/16 vs. 2016 fall semester
California roll: $3, now $4
Dynamite roll: $4, now $5
Combo (any roll): $5.50, now $6.75
Kappa maki: $2, now $2.50