Cupa-Joe rates going north at Perrys
By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer
For 15 years, Perrys restaurant in Ketchum has served nearly every
local and too numerous to count valley visitors pastries, coffees and teas, sandwiches,
salads, and arguably the best cookies in townat reasonable prices.
Okay, you ready for this? Better sit down.
Perrys is raising its coffee prices for the first time in a decade.
To be sure.
The price of a cupa-Joecoffee to the uninitiatedis about to go
up to $1.25 from $1.
As you may recall, Perrys splendid and much loved cookie prices were
raised to 50 cents from 25 cents nearly a year agoalso the establishments
first price hike in 10 years.
"Were not making money," owner Keith Perry said this week.
"It was just time."
Monthly labor costs for Perry and his wife, Paula, come to nearly $45,000.
"You have to sell a lot of 50-cent cookies to make that up," he
The couple employ approximately 30 people during the high seasons, and
maintain six housing units for workers. "Labor costs are going up," Keith Perry
He said the local hangout had excellent business this summer. However, he
added, "expenses were up while margins were down."
The Perrys, both 45 years old, moved to the valley from Phoenix in 1985,
and opened their restaurant, at First Avenue at Fourth Street, with a bare 900 square feet
of space. Then, the next year, they expanded, and did so again two years later.
In 1990, they grew to their present size of 3,000 square feet. This past
spring they gave their eponymous establishment a much needed face-lift.
In June, for the first time, Perrys began serving full egg-and-bacon
style breakfasts. This was partly an attempt to draw back some business which was lost
when the ubiquitous Tullys and Starbucks opened their coffee houses in Ketchum.
There are now 30-plus espresso coffee machines in town, Perry said. To put
this number in perspective, he pointed out, when he and his wife opened in 1985,
Perrys was only the second restaurant in town to have such a machine.
If numbers tell a story, Perrys is still one of the most popular
places in town. Nearly 400 lunches are prepared daily. Many of these yummy creations are
delivered to local schools.
Perrys is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Keith and Paula Perry
and their two school-age children are almost always around. Its a family thing. Fits
like a pair of old jeans. Very Ketchum. A place that serves what is still an affordable