Ohio restaurant owner rips Biden’s embrace of $15 minimum wage as bad for business

Ohio restaurant owner rips Biden’s embrace of $15 minimum wage as bad for business

An

Ohio
restaurant
owner
is
warning
that
any
hikes
in
the
minimum
wage
now
will
only
hurt
small
businesses
more.

President
Biden
signed
executive
orders
Friday
that
would
increase
food
aid,
protect
job
seekers
on
unemployment
and
clear
a
path
for
federal
workers
and
contractors
to
obtain
a
$15
hourly
minimum
wage,
as
part
of
his
coronavirus
relief
package.
 

While
Biden’s
action
on
the
minimum
wage
only
affects
federal
employees,
he
does
support
a
$15
hourly
wage
for
all
workers.

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Adrian
Adornetto,
who
owns
three
pizza
restaurants in
Ohio, told

“Fox
&
Friends
Weekend”
on
Saturday
that
the
costs
of
a
higher
minimum
wage
would put “extra
pressure”
on
struggling
small
businesses.

He
called
consideration
of
such
a
move
during
the
coronavirus
pandemic
“bad
timing.”

“It
will
do
several
things
to
my
business
and
my
employees.
I’ll
most
likely
be
cutting
hours
back.
I’m
in
the
pizza
business,
so
that
$12
pizza
may
grow
to
a
$19
pizza,
and
in
my
part
of
Ohio
that’s
very
expensive,”
Adornetto
said.

He
said his
business
went
through
tough
“obstacles”
amid
the
pandemic,
and
a
minimum
wage
increase
right
now
is
“unthinkable.”

Ardonetto
said
Biden’s
wage
boost
will
cause
a
“ripple
effect”
in
his
establishments,
and
he
may
have
to
raise
prices
on
the
menu
in
an
attempt
to
make
ends
meet.

“People
are
already
scared
to
come
out; we
are
at
half-capacity.

It’s
pretty
rough,
and
it’s
scary.
It’s
very
real,”
Ardonetto
said.

Despite
his
struggles,
the
business
owner
is
still
finding
ways
to
give
back
to
the
community.
He
has teamed
with
other
pizzerias
to
provide
funding assistance
to
businesses
in
need.

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“We
started
a
thing
called
‘Pizza
with
a
Purpose’
with
the
Ohio
Restaurant
Association.
We’re
really
excited
about
it.
This
week
Monday
to
Sunday,
every
pizza
shop
that
participates,
with
every
pepperoni
specialty
pizza
they
sell,
a
dollar
will
go
to
the
Ohio
Restaurant
Employee
Relief
Fund,”
Ardonetto
said.

Stephanie
Giang-Paunon
is
a
Web
Show
Page
Producer
for
FoxNews.com.
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her
on
Twitter
@SGiangPaunon

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