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Lime shortage requires bartenders to cut back.

If you celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a margarita during Happy Hour, you were one of the lucky ones. New Jersey Shore restaurant owners as well as restaurant and bar owners across the United States have been forced to limit their lime supply, or substitute with other fruits, due to skyrocketing prices.

The citrusy fruit costs roughly $80 to $130 a case, up $15 from last year. The increase is due to heavy rain and citrus disease that affected much of Mexico in recent years, which is the United States’ largest supplier. Bars and Mexican restaurants are having difficulty dealing with the influx in prices since limes are a prime ingredient in many alcoholic beverages as well as the Mexican favorite, guacamole.

A method that many restaurants are taking to preserve their limes is to get as much lime juice as possible out of each lime, or replacing them with other juicy fruits such as lemons and oranges. Some eateries are offering a free appetizer or drink to customers who donate a bag of limes.

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About Bielat Santore & Company
Bielat Santore & Company is an established commercial real estate firm. The company’s expertise lies chiefly within the restaurant and hospitality industry, specializing in the sale of restaurants and other food and beverage real estate businesses. Since 1978, the principals of Bielat Santore & Company, Barry Bielat and Richard Santore, have sold more restaurants and similar type properties in New Jersey than any other real estate company. Furthermore, the firm has secured in excess of $500,000,000 in financing to facilitate these transactions. Visit the company’s website, for the latest in new listings, property searches, available land, market data, financing trends, RSS feeds, press releases and more.

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