A North Korean woman and hostess stands outside Song Do Won in 2015. The restaurant recently closed, according to a source who spoke to Yonhap. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Report: North Korea Begins Renovating Restaurants in China

The South Korean outlet Yonhap reported on Monday that closed North Korean restaurants near the border in China have begun renovations, a sign that they are preparing for sanctions to lift on the country as part of an ongoing dialogue with the United States.

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California Chefs in Full Revolt Against Renewed Foie Gras Ban

California cannot seem to make up its mind whether or not to ban foie gras — a delicacy that is produced by force-feeding ducks to enlarge their livers — and now some of California’s top chefs are in full revolt against the liberal establishment that is often their clientèle.

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San Diego’s New Minimum Wage Is Killing Jobs

San Diego’s experimental minimum hourly wage policy is killing job growth, according to a report from The San Diego Union-Tribune. Although California is set to increase the state minimum wage from $10.50 to $15 by 2023, San Diego has already

Latino and African-American workers campaign for a $15 minimum wage.

Burger Flipping Robot Replaces Workers At Fast Food Restaurant

A Californian fast food restaurant has introduced a robot that flips and cooks burgers, replacing human workers at the grill. https://vimeo.com/206666438 The Telegraph reports that the robot, named Flippy, was developed by Miso Robotics and began its first day on the

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Surprise: Bay Area Restaurants Disappear After Minimum Wage Hike

Restaurants are rapidly going out of business in the Bay Area, after San Francisco passed a $15 minimum wage law in 2014 and the State of California followed suit in 2016. Yet the media are struggling to make the connection between high minimum wages and restaurant closures.

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Rise of Restaurants: How Media Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Burger-Flipper Jobs

Anyone old enough to recall the Bush presidency might remember that the media used to be very, very concerned about “burger-flipper jobs,” median wages, and career quality. Bush’s fantastic unemployment rates were supposed to be marred with a big fat asterisk because too much job growth was occurring in low-wage, dead-end service industry jobs.