The prices on the menu did increase from last year, with most of the food choices increasing by 25 cents, and most of the dinner selections increasing by 50 cents. Gas prices ultimately drive most of the increased food costs, said Lansing, but the business tries to stay affordable.
"We had to raise the prices this year, but I think it is the first year in three or four years we had to raise prices," said Lansing. "We really try to not it would be easy to gouge, but we don't want to do that. We want people to realize that we might not be making as much money this year as we did last year with keeping the prices the same, but we realize it is important to do anything we can to keep the place affordable."
People might not realize how many things are attached to gas prices, said Lansing, because everything from dairy and meat products comes back to oil prices for much of the increased costs. Being closed for six months would allow them to more easily raise the prices each year, said Lansing, but often they remain the same.
"We do our best not to change anything," said Lansing. "You move out of town for 10 years or 15 years and you come back for a high school reunion and it is the same as it was when you were 15 or 20 years old."
Everything from the appliances to prepare the food and staying loyal to food supplies, even if they could save a buck going with another one, is done to ensure the enticing aromas continue to stretch out toward Collins Park and over the bridge to Schenectady.
"Flavors and smells are really attached to the memory, so if you can keep that the same and remind them of their childhood then you got a fan for life," said Lansing.