Restaurant Chickens Out After Announcing COVID 'Surcharge'

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A fast-food chicken restaurant in Boystown gave notice it was tacking on a “COVID-19 surcharge,” and then the feathers started flying. 

According to a receipt posted on the Facebook page of Harold’s Chicken on Broadway, the COVID-related surcharge was 26 percent.

“Our food prices have risen dramatically,” the business explained. “For the restaurant to continue to operate we have been forced to pass some of this increase on to our customers.”

Some of the comments on social-media were understanding. Some were not.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker was asked Monday about the general concept of a COVID surcharge.

“I’m unaware of what the businesses are that are attempting to do that. I would just suggest that they be careful about it,” he said at his daily coronavirus briefing.

Within a day, Harold’s Chicken on Broadway announced they were scrapping the surcharge: “We are in this together and we will survive together.”