Wage hike may stymie small business growth in Upstate

A natural foods restaurant seems like an unlikely place for ground zero in the increasingly bitter battle over a rising state minimum wage.

Despite a common perception as a haven for progressive thought, the owner of this South Side Binghamton purveyor of homemade pesto sauces along with his daily offerings tempura and other wholesome dishes is steamed by the minimum wage hike.

As Eliot Fiks and Whole in the Wall Foods co-owner Stacey Gould examine their expenses and revenues, they have but one choice in the face of rising personnel costs: reduce hours, cutting a day from from their four-day a week schedule.

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