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The Daily Prep List: 12.16.19

Labor

Small Business and the Fight for $15

Wall Street Journal 12/15

Here’s another volley in the debate over the “Fight for $15”: As the federal minimum wage rose from 1989-2013, small businesses in affected states suffered “lower bank credit, higher loan defaults, lower employment, a lower entry and a higher exit rate.”

Silicon Valley’s minimum wage workers will see bigger paychecks in 2020

San Jose Spotlight 12/13

The lowest wage earners across Santa Clara County will get a boost in pay in 2020, with workers in Sunnyvale and Mountain View due to get the biggest bump as both cities increase their minimum wages to $16.05 in January.

Maine minimum wage to rise, overtime rules to change Jan. 1

Portland Press Herald 12/13

The Maine Department of Labor is reminding workers and employers that a suite of changes to state and federal minimum wage and overtime laws is coming in less than three weeks.

Seattle’s Wage Mandate Kills Restaurants

Wall Street Journal 12/12

This city’s minimum wage is rising to $16.39 an hour on Jan. 1. Instead of receiving a bigger paycheck, I’m left without any pay at all due to the policy change. That’s because the restaurant where I’ve worked for six years is closing as a consequence of the city’s harmful minimum-wage experiment.

Food Industry Policy

Letters to the Editor: Phase out natural gas usage

San Francisco Chronicle 12/14

First, if a restaurant can afford a new building in the Bay Area, it can afford to train its chefs in — and keep kitchen workers cool by — using electric induction stoves.

On the Side

Rosa Porto, founder of popular Porto’s Bakery & Cafe, dies at 89

Los Angeles Times 12/14

Rosa Porto, the baker and Cuban émigré who founded the popular Porto’s Bakery & Cafe chain in Southern California with her family, died Friday, according to the business’ Instagram page. She was 89.

A Look at Fast Food Restaurants Serving Up Plant-Based Meat

NBC, Los Angeles 12/14

A number of fast-food chains have introduced plant-based meat alternatives in recent months, partnering with meatless companies Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods.

Wait Not, Want Not: Six Ways to Run Restaurants Without Waiters 

Modern Restaurant Management 12/13

They’re the restaurant’s human face: ensuring customers feel welcome, answering questions and bringing out each course with efficiency and charm. That’s right, we’re talking about waiting staff.  

Taco Bell’s creative director on building up a cult brand

The Verge 12/13

When Christopher Ayres started as Taco Bell’s creative director, he didn’t realize just how passionately some people loved the fast-food chain.

How to Become a Dog-Friendly Restaurant Brand

QSR Magazine Dec. 2019

Everyone likes relaxing over a meal with their best friend, but what if your best friend is your dog?

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