If New York State raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021 for fast-food workers, many companies and eateries like McDonald's, Wendy's and others will be forced to hike their employees' pay. What other establishments not normally thought of as typical fast-food restaurants would also have to raise their wages?
According to the report, the list is not a final list, but instead consists of chains that would currently fit under the 30 establishments nationwide criteria. To see the wage board's full list of chains that would have to up their employee pay, click here.
With Bertucci's only three New York locations in Hauppauge, Melville and Westbury, the brick oven pizzeria and italian restaurant would have to pay their employees $15 an hour at a minimum. Pictured is a Bertucci's in Westbury, March 14, 2013.
Famous ice cream chain Carvel would have to pay their employees a minimum wage of $15 an hour as well. A Carvel in Hicksville, Dec. 18, 2012.
Boston Market would have to pay employees $15 an hour by 2021. This Boston Market in West Hempstead is one of 14 on Long Island, Dec. 12, 2013.
Shake Shack, which has 15 locations in New York, falls into the criteria for a $15 an hour wage in the state.
Rita's Italian Ice
With six locations on Long Island, Rita's Italian Ice would also be included under the state's $15-an-hour wage hike.
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, the popular casual dining chain known for wing varieties and plenty of screens for sports, is also on the list of restaurants that would have to raise wages should the $15-an-hour minimum go into effect. There are seven locations on Long Island, according to the company's locator.
The organic, Virginia-based burger chain Elevation Burger would also be governed by the wage board's list. The company has three locations across the state.
California Pizza Kitchen
California Pizza Kitchen, started in 1985 by two attorneys in Beverly Hills, is currently on the list for chains that would need to raise wages. The company has three locations on Long Island, including this Lake Grove spot.
Although there are no FroyoWorld locations in New York, the company would have to pay employees a minimum wage of $15 an hour by 2021 if it decides to bring a location to the state. The chain has the most locations in Connecticut, with others in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico.
BurgerFi, which opened the biggest location in Uniondale in February, will also be required to pay employees a minimum wage of $15 an hour. It has five locations in New York, including Uniondale, Oceanside and Woodbury. This is the B.A.D. burger at BurgerFi in Uniondale. It comes with a roll that has been "branded."
Domino's Pizza would also fall under the wage board's criteria for the $15 an hour fast-food pay.
Johnny Rockets, which has more than 320 locations with decor styled on classic 1950s diners and restaurants, will also have to pay $15 an hour to employees by 2021.
Which Wich, a sandwich shop with more than 343 locations in 37 states, will have to raise wages to $15 an hour for its single New York location at the Buffalo Niagara Airport.
Another frozen yogurt chain that would have to bump up its pay to $15 an hour, 16 Handles has six locations on Long Island in Nassau, according to the company's website.
Philly Pretzel Factory
Philly Pretzel Factory, which plans to expand to 25 locations on Long Island, falls under the wage board's criteria for increasing fast-food minimum pay. The company currently has one location on Long Island in Bellmore.
Chuck E. Cheese's
Chuck E. Cheese's, a Texas-based chain of entertainment centers and restaurants, would also have to pay its employees under New York's new minimum wage laws. The company has four locations on Long Island, according to its website. This is the Chuck E. Cheese's in Patchogue on Feb. 17, 2014.
Muscle Maker Grill
Muscle Maker Grill, pictured in Huntington Station is a franchise eatery focused on lean protein-based eating and healthier, quick alternatives. The chain would fall under the state wage board's minimum wage requirements.
Sarku Japan, an Ontario-based chain of Japanese restaurants serving sushi and teriyaki, will also have to pay employees $15 an hour by 2021. Founded in 1987, the chain has five Long Island locations.