More than half of U.S. states will raise their minimum wage in 2022, but employers are hiking pay faster
California’s largest businesses will be required to pay workers a minimum of $15 an hour in January.
New York Times 12/28
Barbara Sibley’s four New York restaurants had already weathered the city’s initial Covid-19 wave, the pre-vaccine surge last winter and this summer’s Delta spike when, last weekend, it finally happened: Fearing an outbreak and struggling with staffing after one of her workers got sick with COVID, she temporarily shut down one of her locations.
Food Industry Policy
ABC 7 News 12/29
LOS ANGELES (KABC) — With Los Angeles experiencing another COVID-19 surge, some restaurants and bars are halting indoor operations even though they don’t have to.
California Globe 12/28
This week across California, restaurants and bars are hurrying to finish more permanent alcoholic beverage to-go for when Senate Bill 389 comes into effect on Saturday.
On the Side
Eater SF 12/28
‘Profit Doesn’t Exist Anymore.’ Restaurants That Barely Survived COVID-19 Closures Now Face Labor, Inflation and Supply Chain Crises
It’s easy to poke fun at terrible restaurants, like the one on Gordon Ramsay’s show Kitchen Nightmares that served a mayonnaise-and-cheese sushi pizza, or the Washington D.C. Popeyes that went viral after a video revealed the franchise was overrun with gargantuan rats.