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In The News
May 16, 2024

The shocking state of the restaurant industry: ‘We can’t afford to be open. We can’t afford to be closed.’

In October, Lauren and Peter Lemos locked the doors of their Chinatown sandwich shop for what they thought would be the last time. In late March they flipped Wax Paper’s lights back on — not…

Commentary
April 1, 2024

New fast-food minimum wage serving up confusion, and higher prices

There are, arguably, somewhere around 70 franchised fast-food outlets in Santa Cruz County, with local franchisees for the most part and local workers.

Policy
March 25, 2024

California Restaurants Cut Jobs as Fast-Food Wages Set to Rise

A California state law is set to raise fast-food workers’ wages in April to $20 an hour. Some restaurants there are already laying off staff and reducing hours for workers as they try to cut…

Commentary
March 18, 2024

Marques: San Jose shouldn’t impose burdens on restaurants that could jeopardize our survival

When I worked at Wienerschnitzel in high school, my dream was to one day own a sports bar in my hometown of San Jose. I imagined decorating with 49ers, Giants, Warriors and Sharks memorabilia.

Commentary
March 16, 2024

Local officials should let California’s new Fast Food Council do its job

California labor leaders scored a significant win for fast-food restaurant employees when Gov. Gavin Newsom last year signed legislation providing a $20-an-hour minimum wage and creating a new government agency to set working conditions.

Commentary
March 15, 2024

Restaurant workers in California don’t want what SEIU is selling

Will California’s Fast Food Council speak for the state’s fast food workers?

In The News
December 15, 2023

More regulation is not what Minneapolis businesses need

It has been nearly 20 years since I left behind my corporate marketing career to help my father expand our family hospitality business from bars to restaurants. Today, we’re operating six locations across the city…

In The News
December 1, 2023

Hospitality community steps up during the holidays; now Minneapolis residents and officials should, too

Policy
January 23, 2023

The International Franchise Association Goes On Offense

The trade group, which has spent much of its time in recent years pushing back against regulations, is touring cities in the hope of building a better reputation for franchising. Tamra Kennedy got a job…

In The News
September 13, 2022

California makes a ham-handed attempt to regulate the fast-food industry

California has a habit of pursuing well-meaning policy goals in ham-handed ways. Unfortunately, its new law to regulate the fast-food industry appears to fit the trend. On Labor Day, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a…