Seattle Restaurants and the $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage

Deborah Wang/KUOW, via The Salt

Deborah Wang/KUOW, via The Salt

Hardy’s restaurant, Coastal Kitchen, has been a fixture of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood for 20 years. Notoriously low-margin businesses, restaurants have a high failure rate. Hardy says even in good times, running one is like juggling with clubs.

“With the labor pressures that are coming from this $15 eventual minimum-wage increase, we are juggling with razor-sharp daggers,” Hardy says. “And if you don’t get it right, it’s really going to hurt.”

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