"You know everything's going up, but the problem is how do you plan for it if you don't know how much," Kinecki said. "You're trying to keep the customer happy, but you have to stay in business."
Another unknown is how the Bills, who play their first regular-season game Sunday against the New York Jets, will fare: The success of the team, which has never won an NFL championship, will determine how many people visit the restaurant, he said. The Bills lost all four preseason games this year, after winning six of 16 games last year and tying for last in the American Football Conference-East.
"The better the Bills do, the more people want hang out with fellow fans," Kinecki said. "You'd like to be optimistic, but then the preseason comes and they look crummy."