Monday, January 21, 2019

New York City Restaurants Slashing Staff Over $15 Minimum Wage

This government interventionist move is working out really well.

New York City restaurants are slashing their staff after a state law that took effect at the end of 2018 mandating restaurants with 11 or more workers to pay a $15 an hour minimum wage, reports Breitbart.

The legal minimum wage in New York City rose from $13 to $15 on December 31, 2018. Incredibly, the wage hike is the city’s third since December 31, 2016, when the city’s minimum wage rose to $11 an hour.

Jon Bloostein, the operator of six New York City restaurants with 50 to 110 workers on the payroll at each, told Breitbart that the wage hike is “an immense cost” for his business to shoulder.

“We lost control of our largest controllable expense,” he told CBS News. “So in order to live with that and stay in business, we’re cutting hours.”

Previous minimum wage hikes in the city have forced restaurant owners to choose between raising their prices or closing their doors. One East Village restaurant, Angelica Kitchen, had to close after 40 years of being in business because of the increased labor costs.



  1. It is working out well because the design is to help eliminate outsider businesses. Only the connected or corporate are allowed. Everyone an employee or on the government dole.

  2. Wouldn't it be interesting if one or some of AOC's favorite NYC haunts had to close down or cut staff as a result? Would she learn any lessons from that?

    1. No, she has no need for learning ... she knows it all already

  3. And employers will also find that employees will want to work less now so they can stay in a lower tax bracket and keep welfare eligibility.

  4. How long before the government forces the restaurants to stay open at a loss, under penalty of prison?