California's minimum wage is set for 2020 at $12 an hour for companies with fewer than 25 employees. Because of the rising minimum wage, some restaurants are closing down, saying it's too unaffordable to be sustainable.
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"California is a really rough place to run a small business ... everything's more expensive."
"I wasn't making any money, and my sales were up 20 percent in those five years," Fraga said on "Cavuto: Coast to Coast."
Fraga took his books into a financial consultant to get them analyzed.
"I paid him $1,500 for him to tell me that I overpaid by anywhere from 5 to 6 percent," Fraga said.
"If they could sign a waiver, 99 percent of my servers would be against a minimum wage increase because it drops their tips because their bill has to go up."
According to the California Department of Industrial Relations, California's minimum wage has changed as follows:
- 2017 - $10 an hour
- 2018 - $10.50 an hour
- 2019 - $11 an hour
- 2020 - $12 an hour
Fraga said his cooks make more than the minimum wage, so little increases become a significant problem for him.
"For every dollar that goes up, it costs me around $40,000 to the bottom line, and that's a lot," Fraga said. "I can't raise the menu fast enough to compensate that ... California is a really rough place to run a small business ... everything's more expensive."
He said he doesn't think California cares about restaurant owners or the employees making minimum wage, either.
"If they could sign a waiver, 99 percent of my servers would be against a minimum wage increase because it drops their tips because their bill has to go up," Fraga said. "I don't know who it's helping. It's not helping me, and it's not helping my employees at all."
He said after all of this, he's done with managing restaurants. He's planning on becoming a truck driver instead.