Higher minimum wage blamed for Medici House closure

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The owner of an East Aurora restaurant blames the higher minimum wage law in New York State for driving him out of business.

John Rooney says he is closing the Medici House on Main and Riley Street in East Aurora because New York State imposed a 50 percent increase on the minimum wage for his workers.

“It was incredibly difficult to let loyal employees go and close up shop,” Rooney said.

Until recently, restaurant owners were allowed to pay tipped workers between $4.90 and $5.65 an hour in addition to their tips. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, New York State requires all tipped restaurant workers to be paid at least $7.50 an hour.


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