You may already know that this week is the first week of Oakland businesses implementing Measure FF, which raises the minimum wage by 36% and, as a result, is raising wages throughout the entire restaurant industry in our city.
Most independent restaurant owners I know are, along with the 80+% of voters who approved the measure, really glad their employees will be now making more money. In many cases restaurant workers will finally be making a reasonable living wage, and that’s something that’s been too long in coming.
That said, I also want to acknowledge that most if not all restaurant operators are a little apprehensive of the possibility that the price rises required to implement this change may sharply reduce business and end up putting people and businesses out of work.
So, I just want to say, whether you support the minimum wage increase or just want to support locally owned businesses, this is a great week to show that support by patronizing independently-owned Oakland restaurants. Let’s face it, we’re all a little nervous about the uncertain future — and knowing you’re behind us means everything.