Over a June lunch of grilled octopus and sushi, Jeff Tunks is fretting about rising food costs at his five Washington, D.C.-area restaurants. The oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico pushed his May numbers 2 percent higher at his seafood-centered concepts, and he knows fish prices won’t drop any time soon. “Two points is not a nightmare, but that’s probably $7,000 a month to us,” said Tunks, who, along with two partners, owns DC Coast, Acadiana, Ceiba, TenPehn and ...
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