Brinker is the operator of the Chili's Grill & Bar and Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant chains. There are about 1,550 Chili restaurants world-wide. Would Brinker's just quietly accept a higher minimum wage? Indications are that they wouldn't. Indeed, even before there are any new minimum wage hikes, Brinker through automation is trying to reduce labor costs.
WSJ reports today on the Brinker earnings report:
The company has been trying to adjust its business over the past two years to cope with the changing consumer behavior and economic challenges. For instance, its kitchen overhaul, with new equipment and staffing changes, has reduced labor costs.Does anyone seriously believe that Brinker wouldn't intensify such changes, including beyond the kitchen, if minimum wage laws increased the cost of employees?