Florida Restaurateurs Warn Minimum-Wage Mandate Could Shut Them Down

Bubba’s Roadhouse & Saloon owner Jay Johnson (Photo: Ryan Mills)

On a lonely stretch of road leading to an old Florida fishing village, Bubba’s Roadhouse & Saloon is a rugged little watering hole that’s hard to mistake for a corporate chain.

Built with brick and recycled wood and located next to a German social club on the state’s southwest coast, Bubba’s is the kind of place where blue-collar workers and their families stop after a long day for a burger or a steak, and of course a cold beer.

Old license plates and black and white cowboy photos line the walls. Customers crack open peanuts at the bar and staple signed dollar

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Ryan Mills is an enterprise and media reporter at National Review. He previously worked for 14 years as a breaking news reporter, investigative reporter, and editor at newspapers in Florida. Originally from Minnesota, Ryan lives in the Fort Myers area with his wife and two sons.


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