$15 Minimum Wage Challenges Small Businesses

Photo: Susan Thorsen

CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK–In early September, a chalkboard sign appeared in front of a Mexican restaurant on Columbus Avenue and 93rd Street that read: “Gabriela’s is closing. Thank you for 15 years at this location.” In an email message published by The Westside Rag, Gabriela’s owner Nat Milner explained, “Minimum wage to $15 in three short years presented a huge challenge.” He went on to say that despite cutting staff, costs were too high to survive the upcoming slow winter.