If you think you have a difficult time making ends meet due to the variety of city agencies and local laws that make profitability harder and harder to obtain be thankful you are not in
In the City by the Bay, restaurateuring is become more and more difficult daily.
Gas is fast approaching $4.50 a gallon. Many stations have already topped the 4-buck mark and the outlook is Memorial day will be memorializing the highest gas prices ever.
On top of these non related restaurant costs, San Francisco has passed legislation that makes sick days, health insurance, and other employee benefits mandatory for companies with 20 employees or more. Plus, the minimum living wage for the city is hovering around $8.00. Simply, it is a numbers jungle for any operator who looks to make a profit.
Restaurants are opening on a regular basis but many are also closing. And nobody knows how many are making a profit or even braking even. Once the government becomes involved in regulations, fees, and legislation we all know the outcome. Seldom does anyone in business get a financial break.
From the overall view, it almost seems impossible to fight city hall. Whether health department, building department, grease trap department, sewage department or labor and employee relations department heads, they all enjoy playing God to the struggling businessman. It does seem for the first time that the regulations to the restaurant business are skyrocketing out of control.
Where then are the politicians, community leaders, and heads – of our local, state, and national restaurant associations? Don’t we pay dues to make sure these lobbyists represent the “little guy” who is too busy prepping, or basting, or cleaning to go to the decision maker’s meeting and voice objection to the policies that are gaining prominence only on the law books? Or, are the governments officials in such need of more revenue that they will squeeze ever drop of revenue out of the people feeding the masses?
What is transpiring is ridiculous. If you analyze the news, one food catastrophe usual sparks another law or legislative study which makes it twice as hard on the restaurant owner. The latest beef recall, although having nothing to do with the restaurant business. But, will certainly spur new legislation that will have an eventual financial effect on the restaurant business: Another tariff of terrible circumstance to whittle away at not only the profitability, but the simple existence dreaming about being culinarily successful.
And, just when you think nothing else can happen, the calorie count movement surfaces and legislators take up the charge in hopes of making people aware that they are over weight through posting calorie counts on menu.
There is a much simpler solution. Pass legislation that would ban anyone from owning or operating a restaurant unless they were sanctioned by weight watchers or Jenny Craig.
I can see it now, Rosie O’Donnell and Kristi Alley winning hostess of the year awards at the Annual Low Calorie Count Awards Banquet.