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Push for higher wages to take place in Mass. this week

A coalition of labor, religious and community groups is planning a weeklong drive for $15 an hour.

Operations

Beating back wage hikes and 4 other head-spinning moments

The industry showed it's not afraid to stand up to its adversaries on important government issues, and will likely be emboldened going forward by help in the rumble from an unlikely source. It also was fearless in exploiting the opportunities afforded by the P.F. Chang's Olympics. Or something like that.

Things can go wrong for restaurants in truly unique ways. Here's a slab of proof, gathered from just the last few days.

Some responses have been extreme—and controversial.

A last-ditch effort to block a wage hike in Minneapolis was thwarted by a judge on Monday, putting the market on track for a $15 hourly minimum for small employers by 2024.

A last-ditch effort to block a wage hike in Minneapolis was thwarted by a judge on Monday, putting the market on track for a $15 hourly minimum for small employers by 2024.

The department said it'd like a collaborative deal signed last week with Sonic to be a model for restaurant franchisors.

How are restaurants trying to sway consumers who are shorter on time than they are on dollars? Recent days provided head-turning examples and insights. Spoiler alert: Not all approaches are worth copying.

Minneapolis became the latest area to embrace a $15 wage, without a tip credit. Elsewhere, rates were raised because of existing laws.

The dining-out public was given a heads-up that it might have to think a little more broadly if it intends to understand what's happening in restaurants.