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Ch-ch-ch-changes (in pricing)

We’ve been getting some questions and comments lately from some of our (very astute) guests regarding the pricing changes that have shown up on our menu recently. We wanted to take a minute to fill you all in on what’s going on, the reason for the shift, and what we’re doing to make sure you all see minimal changes when you come in.

Last November, Measure FF was passed, and the minimum wage in Oakland was set to increase 36%, to $12.25. We were really excited to see this change, as it makes life easier for our hardworking staff—and, in reality, many of you—but we did think a lot about how we could reasonably keep our business running (while continuing to provide you all with delicious mac and cheese) taking into account these changes.

As many of you noticed, we increased our prices by 10% the same week the new measure went into effect: this translates to a $4 price difference on the average meal (two macs, a side, and a dessert). We’re so grateful to all of you, who have taken this news with little more than a shrug and a question mark, and who are so supportive of our business week after week.

In order to keep costs down going forward, two of our macs have gone into retirement: the Crab mac and our Ivy Leaguer Truffle mac. We found that with the pricing changes, these two macs ended up a little more on the pricey side than we like to be; we try to give you a big meal without a big price tag. The good news is, we’ll be bringing back the Crab mac every January and February at the peak of Dungeness crab season to celebrate this delicious, locally-harvested tradition (keep an eye on this blog and our social media for specifics!).

Mike and Haiden are very excited for you to be able to DIY the crab mac until it's back on the menu. Don't forget to tag shared pics of your homemade macs with #homemadehomeroom!

Mike and Haiden are very excited for you to be able to DIY the crab mac until it’s back on the menu. Don’t forget to tag shared pics of your homemade macs with #homemadehomeroom!

Also, to keep our basic mac offerings at an even 12, two new flavors have been permanently added to the menu! Check out our previous post for more details about that, too. Please let us know—either in the comments below or by email–if any of you have additional questions on these, or any, changes.

See you all soon!

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Hello Hawaiian Mac, Goodbye Crab Mac

Some of you are going to be pretty mad. Like stomp your feet mad.

But some of you are going to jump up and down and do a little happy dance!

Starting on April 21st, we will no longer have the Crab Mac or the Truffle Mac on the menu. But, we’re replacing them with the Hawaiian Mac and the Buffalo Chicken Mac! Yay!

buffalo chicken mac: grilled chicken, spicy buffalo sauce, cheddar cheese, breadcrumbs and homemade ranch dressing

Buffalo chicken mac: grilled chicken, spicy buffalo sauce, cheddar cheese, scallions, crispy breadcrumbs and homemade ranch dressing

This was a really tough decision for us. The Crab Mac and the Truffle Mac are both pretty special to us. They are our celeborary macs. They are what you order when you feel like something a little fancy, a little indulgent. But they’re also our most expensive macs – expensive for you and expensive for us. Good crabmeat costs a lot by the pound – as it should, when you think about what you’re getting. Crab also has a season, so it doesn’t really make sense to keep crab on the menu when it’s not crab season. Same with the Truffle Mac – using cheese made with real truffles instead of a cheap truffle oil costs A LOT. And after chatting with many of you at the restaurant, you would much prefer to have the Hawaiian or Buffalo permanently on the menu than the Truffle mac anyway.

hawaiian mac: roasted pineapple, bacon, scallions, havarti cheese and breadcrumbs

Hawaiian mac: roasted pineapple, bacon, scallions, havarti cheese and breadcrumbs

So if you’re in the group of people who will be stomp-your-feet-mad, come in anytime before April 21st to get your fill of the Crab Mac or the Truffle Mac. But don’t fret too much, we’ll have the Crab Mac back every year as a special for January and February, just in time for New Year’s celebrations and the Bay Area’s Dungeness Crab season. You can also find both recipes in our cookbook if you want to try your hand at mac and cheese at home.

And if you’re one of the happy campers–thanks for sharing your thoughts! It’s because of your awesome feedback that out of all our monthly specials, these are the two macs that scored the permanent menu spots. We hope you enjoy them!

 

 

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