One restaurant owner is being candid about the effect that the upcoming minimum wage increase is having on his business, according to a tweet by Adam Castiglioni, who shares a photo of a sign up at Joshua's Deli in the Financial District. It reads:
"As most of you may know, our own special blend of lawmakers over on Beacon Hill approved a series of minimum wage increases going from $8/hr to $9/hr on January 1st, 2015, and finally ending January 1st 2017 at $11/hr.
For my employees, this is kinda cool.
As a business owner, this absolutely blows. Costly Labor just got more expensive.
Unfortunately, laying off any one of my employees would ruin my business model, and the life of said employee.
As such, I am forced to increase prices. The increase will cover the entire breadth of the wage increases, and help offset any price increase from my suppliers (they have all warned me about this happening)."
The sign details the price increases — mostly a dollar added to a variety of breakfast and lunch items. Beverages will remain the same.
Joshua's Deli is open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, serving up kabob plates, sandwiches, and more.