Restaurant Owners React to Pi’s Raised Minimum Wage
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The minimum wage is going up—voluntarily—to $10.10 an hour at the Pi Pizzeria restaurants.
KMOX’s Kevin Killeen finds out some other downtown restaurants don’t like the idea.
At Empire Pizza on Washington Avenue, manager Mike Rook says Pi is raising the bar awfully high.
“It would be tough to pay more than what we’re paying right now,” he says. “I think some places wouldn’t make it.”
Papa Johns downtown manager James Miles agrees, and he says ten bucks an hour is just not doable.
“If they were to raise to to $10 an hour, we would actually end up losing money,” Miles says.
But down the street at the Dubliner, owner Eddie Neill says he’s already paying his workers that much.
“I think it’s good for the economy,” he says. “If you throw it back to the Henry Ford system—pay the people or else who’s going to buy the cars?” he says.
Henry Ford made wage history when he paid his workers $5 a day.
Neill says he has lower turnover because of his higher wages and saves money on training new workers.
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