Everybody told them that it was a monumentally-stupid idea; but noooooo:
Restaurants Unlimited, a Seattle-based chain with restaurant locations in 47 US cities, announced on Sunday it was seeking Chapter 11 protection, citing “progressive” wage laws.
The company, which has operated since the Lyndon Johnson Administration, said rising labor costs—part of a national trend of government-mandated minimum increases—were part of its decision.
Note the 47 cities affected by these closures (see link).
I would feel more sorry for the soon-to-be-laid-off workers, but I’m betting that most of them supported the higher-minimum-wage idiocy in the first place, so… sucks to be them. Maybe next time they’ll vote with their brains instead of with their greed. (Granted, working-class people have trouble making ends meet in liberal shitholes like Seattle and San Francisco; but the politicians who have caused the high housing prices are the same ones who pushed through the higher minimum-wage thresholds. So there’s a double whammy here, and yet those idiot voters keep sending them back into office.)
Of course, it’ll be all Trump’s fault (according to the West Coast media).