Restaurateurs aren’t so worried about the impact of raising the minimum wage when it comes to their lower-income kitchen staff. Tipped servers, on the other hand, present a few potential problems.

Matt Gordon, chef and owner of Urban Solace and two other local culinary hot spots, has weighed in before on the dining business in San Diego. He pointed out that raising the minimum wage would make things tough for the city’s restaurants.

And while that doesn’t mean he’s unsympathetic to those who aren’t making a decent wage, Gordon and plenty of other restaurant owners are adding up the wage increases they’ll have to stomach in coming years.

Gordon joined Scott Lewis and me on the podcast this week to talk about what diners can expect from his menu prices, and why you won’t find him suggesting policy alternatives any time soon.

Download the episode below or find us on iTunes and Stitcher.

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Show Notes

• We talked a lot about the County Board of Supervisors race for District 5. Check out the inewsource investigation of incumbent Bill Horn’s handling of his now defunct charity Basic Faith, and read up on the “folksy” persona that’s getting challenger Jim Wood into trouble.

• And this was the closest I could get to digging up that 2006 CBS8 video of the deplorable conditions on Horn’s Valley Center ranch.

• For more on the battle over nine blocks in Barrio Logan – the hotly disputed buffer zone – read Andrew Keatts’ fact check from earlier this week.

• After a successful three years, our Hero of the Week Marc Stevenson is scratching his head as to why it’s been such a struggle to find more funding for Project 25. Read our Q-and-A to learn more about the homelessness program that saved the city $2 million last year.

Catherine Green was formerly the deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handled daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects.

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