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Utah Restaurant Raises Minimum Wage To $15 In Order To Attract Workers

A Salt Lake City restaurant raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour to attract more employees. 

Dean Pierose describes his restaurant, Cucina, as “a little food and wine island up here in the Avenues.” He said he wanted to continue serving three meals a day, but like many businesses in the state was hard pressed to find workers. 

Pierose said he went through the entire payroll and gave every employee a 12-25 percent increase in pay, and new workers are guaranteed to start at $15 an hour.


Harley is a news reporter at UPR. She covers a bit of everything, but especially news dealing with education and updates from the governor. She has always loved both writing and public speaking, so radio is perfect for her. She is a student at USU studying journalism, sociology, and criminal justice. Outside of work and school, she loves running, hiking, and exploring National Parks.