Danny Boy's

Wage Hikes Pressure Operators

Latest minimum-wage increases force quick serves to reevaluate hiring, menu prices.

Escalating food costs and only modest traffic gains aren’t the only things Rob Grendow is concerned about these days with his five Ohio-based Danny Boy’s Pizza outlets. Ohio’s latest minimum-wage hike is also putting pressure on the operation.

“It might be only 30 cents,” Grendow says of the shift from $7.40 to $7.70, “but for a little business, that’s a big number.”

While the federal minimum wage remains locked at $7.25, seven states joined Ohio in instituting minimum-wage hikes on January 1, increasing labor costs at thousands of quick serves across the country.