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Restaurateurs battle rising wages, high cost of living, shifting trends

Published Friday March 10

…Pizzeria Delfina in downtown Palo Alto doesn’t have enough staff to open its outdoor…

‘We’re competing as much for staff as we are for customers,’ says pizzeria owner.

Finally, he hired 2 people to fill the gap — people who had no prior restaurant experience but had worked at Mexican markets. He spent about a 30 days teaching them how to cook and was eventually able to return to his primary responsibilities as a business owner.

But the economic pressures impacting his and a lot of other Midpeninsula restaurant owners’ ability to hire and hold onto quality staff a regional labor shortage, the increasingly prohibitive cost of living in the area and higher minimum wages, among other factors — persist.

Pressures of the brand new minimum wage

Article length: About 1930 words.
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