Italian Restaurant Chain Sued

  • A consumer attorney in Hawaii is suing a major Italian restaurant chain for a $2 “temporary inflation fee” that has been added to its checks in a manner she alleges is “deceptive.”
  • “Restaurants and corporations like to add on these fees that are supposed to look official and somehow required, and it’s just a way for them to increase their bottom line and decrease their overhead,” attorney Brandee Faria told FOX Business of the consumer class-action lawsuit she filed against Romano’s Macaroni Grill earlier this year.
  • Faria claimed Romano’s inflation fee is “the tip of the iceberg” and that other establishments are engaging in similar practices with so-called “kitchen service charges,” which she said can sometimes amount to as much as 3 percent of the bill.
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