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Minimum wage hike means higher prices at local restaurant

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) -

With the new minimum wage of $8 an hour for employees in Arkansas, one local business is making some changes to their menu prices.

Couch's Log Cabin Bar-B-Que in Trumann is making those price changes soon.

Manager Steve Horne said he already tries to pay his employees higher than minimum wage anyway, but with the increase that means he has to raise his employees' current pay and menu prices.

Horne said it is not something any business owner wants to do but it is necessary to keep the restaurant going.

“With food costs going up and then labor on top of that we're probably going to have to pass that on to the customers,” Horne said. “Nobody in business likes to do it. It’s just one of those things you have to do. That's the only way you can get any of that back.”

Horne said prices will not be "raised out of the roof."

He said customers will likely pay about 25 cents more a plate.

It is unclear when the new prices will take effect, but Horne said it will be soon.

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