Some restaurateurs push for minimum wage hikes

Some restaurateurs push for minimum wage hikes

With a new fight looming in Congress, a few business owners are advocating for higher wages

A year ago, Pi Pizzeria raised the lowest wage for workers to $10.10 an hour, giving some 275 employees at eight locations increases in pay — without raising menu prices.

“We looked at what goes into turnover and productivity, and how much it costs to train and hire a line cook,” said Chris Sommers, CEO of St. Louis-based Pi parent Euclid Hospitality Group. “We realized that with lower turnover, it’s easy to pay for this. We have loyalty. And good people are not jumping ship to

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