Del Taco on Thursday said that its same-store sales grew 3.6% when compared with 2019 and that sales grew during all dayparts outside of breakfast—which was flat when compared with the pre-pandemic period.

Yet costs are up, too. The Lake Forest, Calif.-based chain said it is paying high costs both for food and labor this quarter.

The company said that food costs are expected to rise 5% this quarter, due to higher charges for beef, soybean oil and freight, CFO Steve Brake said on the company’s second quarter earnings call, according to a transcript on the financial services site Sentieo.


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