California Restaurants on Verge of Going Under With Excessive Mandates, Higher Costs | Brian Back | John Kabateck

“I’ve sent an open letter to Gavin Newsom. Not only have we seen the cost of almost everything go up exponentially in the last few years, but also faced new regulations and mandates. If I were to match our increased costs with menu pricing, we would be forced to charge about $40 for a cheeseburger. We can’t explain that to the customer.”
Siyamak sits down with Brian Back, who established his restaurant in the Bay Area to serve as a community asset and foster unity among people. He will share the challenges he faces with laws, regulations, and escalating costs. Additionally, we spoke with John Kabateck, the president of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), who has observed several restaurants and their owners within his organization’s membership facing difficulties in California.
“I wanted to do something that was neighborhood-scaled; I wanted to do something in my community. I wanted to have a place where family could be generating tax revenue and building community. I was naive until I opened this business. I’m spending most of the money that we earn on debt obligations to the state,” Mr. Back said.
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Siyamak Khorrami has been the general manager and chief editor of the Southern California edition of The Epoch Times since 2017. He is also the host of the “California Insider” show, which showcases leaders and professionals across the state with inside information about trending topics and critical issues in California.

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