Restaurants Stew Over State Board

Besides owning and operating the El Cholo restaurant in Pasadena, Blair Salisbury and his business partner were in the process of franchising 20 Daddy’s Chicken Shack locations. But that deal seized up soon after the two learned about something called the FAST Recovery Act.

Besides owning and operating the El Cholo restaurant in Pasadena, Blair Salisbury and his business partner were in the process of franchising 20 Daddy’s Chicken Shack locations. But that deal seized up soon after the two learned about something called the FAST Recovery Act.

That stands for the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act, a proposed California bill that would create a board selected by state politicians to set wages, hours and working conditions for franchised fast-food employees. …

Michaela Mendelsohn, the owner of six El Pollo Loco locations in Los Angeles, has been a franchisee for nearly 35 years and a longtime advocate for LGBTQ+ workers’ rights, working with the state senate to pass legislation banning the harassment of LGBTQ+ individuals.

“I spent nine years as the franchise president of El Pollo Loco and also as a transgender businesswoman putting in quite a bit of work with the industry trying to support rights of transgender employees,” Mendelsohn said. “Workers’ rights are a very important thing to me.” …

“The profitability of our businesses and inability to fund growth has never been as difficult as it is now in the 35 years that I’ve been in the food business. This is the most that our profits have been squeezed,” Mendelsohn continued. “The reason for that being the high cost of food and the high cost of labor (because) the labor market is becoming much more difficult.”

Like Mendelsohn, Salisbury said the passing of FAST would be “devastating” for franchisees. He said he has seen multiple restaurants around him close and that too many people are uninformed about the economics of running a restaurant.
Salisbury’s family has been in the restaurant business for more than 100 years, but he said if the bill passes he will have to find a different line of work.

 

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