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Restaurant owners can learn about handling wage hike

Restaurant owners are invited to a free seminar that will spell out strategies to cope with the recent increase in labor costs brought about by a minimum wage hike for tipped restaurant workers.

The New York State Restaurant Association and the Small Business Administration will present information about cost models for the new minimum wage, as well as ways to use social media to market and grow business. There will also be a panel discussion among restaurant owners.

The event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 22 at Pettibones Grille, 275 Washington St.

The minimum wage for tipped restaurant employees increased from $5 to $7.50 at the end of the year. The regular minimum wage increased to $9 from $8.75. Wages for fast-food workers increased to $9.75.