Skip to comments.How would a Democrat win affect U.S. restaurant owners?
Posted on 08/14/2020 1:49:58 PM PDT by golux
I am very interested in your thoughts on how a Democrat win might affect restaurant owners, particularly in the "small chain" category, say, under 100 employees. Expenses, costs, labor, food, hiring, training, payroll, health/fire/labor codes...
It has been a wild struggle but I am wondering if it is going to be an "out of the frying pan, into the fire" situation.
There is so much knowledge, depth of thought, and camaraderie here I thought it would be OK to ask for help trying to map out the future. If you could look into your proverbial crystal ball...
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Thank you for your thoughts and ideas!
Is this a trick question? It’s going to f*** everyone except certain protected classes.
Forget brick-and-mortar - I’m going to register “KamalaGlamour.com” and sell t-shirts with airbrushed photos of our New Queen to little Leftoids with more money than sense. :)
Not enough votes there to make a difference.
Dems hate small business anyway. Most conservative, too independent. They want them to all go out of business.
A restaurant owner can expect a number of things.
First, the minimum salary for a non-exempt worker will go up — north of $50k for sure, maybe well north of that. Unless you want to pay your assistant managers $55k or $60k salaries, you will have to make them hourly and pay them overtime over 40 hours a week.
Second, the tip credit will be gone in the states where it remains. Everyone makes full cash minimum wage regardless of tips.
Third, a $15 national minimum wage indexed to inflation.
Fourth, some rules or even laws against schedule flexibility and part-time schedules - owners will be expected to offer predictable and high-hours schedules.
Fifth, whatever little enforcement on immigration there is will be gone - no eVerify, every I-9 document has to go unquestioned, etc.
Sixth, and a bit paradoxically, expect civil rights enforcement that will have a significant “black vs. brown” component (already a big part of manual labor civil rights enforcement now). In other words, restaurants will be required to hire illegal alien Mexicans who can’t speak English, but also punished for not hiring blacks to work in kitchens because they can’t speak Spanish.
Seventh, some regulations that it will make it easier for restaurant workers to unionize. Whether they can make it easy ENOUGH actually to get unions organized is a more open question, but the rules will certainly change in that direction.
They’ll be screwed.
If the dems take the White House and any sizable portion of the House and Senate, then expect the economic downturn to happen IMMEDIATELY.
People will be bailing financially and the economy will crash and burn like the Hindenburg.
A woman from my area moved back home and started a niche restaurant. She did ok pre covid but did not set the world on fire and she is an outstanding chef having worked in many big city restaurants. Now closed for good.
She mentioned it is very hard to compete with national chains when the they have buying power for food purchases. They sell particular meats for less than what she was buying it for.
Great dishes only go so far. People watch their budget when they go out.
Of course this is regional. In NYC they will pay more for independent restaurants but not so much in flyover country.
Eighth, many restaurant owners will close before they comply. That whole sector of the economy is going to almost completely disappear.
Eating out at restaurants is nice, but when you hear about all the nasty things employees do to food of certain customers, WHY would anyone want to eat out unless their life depended on it?
I can cook better food at home and I know what’s in it.
And for most of human history, that’s what people did and the human race survived.
The dims would turn them all into gov-co gruel dispensers.
Honestly, if you’re reliant on dine-in business to be profitable, I don’t think it matters who wins. You’re in serious jeopardy and should have an exit strategy ready to go.
Whereas, if you won a McDonalds or other fast food establishment you’re in very good shape...no matter who wins.
Who is going to be able to afford a restaurant meal much less be able to cook at home? Between taxes, regulations, and energy, costs alone Democrats are going to put the economy into a spiral. I don’t see the restaurant business, and many others making enough to survive.
Such businesses will also be at the mercy of the leftist thugs who as we see today in Democrat controlled cities are free to terrorize, and steal at will.
It isn’t going to be pretty if those leftist/Socialist/Communist bastards succeed in getting their way.
It will be par-tay time if Biden steals the election. The China virus will go away over night.
Much of restaurant business has a social aspect. Can’t do much of that with 25% capacity and masks on.
expect minimun wage to go to 15.00 an hour the first 6 months. expect people to stop eating out as its too 3xpensive. sell your restaurant stocks NOW.
“I can cook better food at home and I know whats in it.”
My motto for 40 years.
I never eat out. It’s a recipe for malnutrition and illness.
eating at home is WAY cheaper, and there's the added advantage of being able to grow your own food.
There weren’t a lot of restaurants behind the iron curtain.
It’s ok, we’ll all go to the ministry cafeteria and eat mystery meat stew and drink Victory Gin.
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