"In today’s litigious business environment, an innocent violation of a complex labor law often results in a large financial settlement that pushes a restaurant’s profit and loss statement into the red.
Consequently, independent mom-and-pop restaurants appear to be closing up shop. In the city of New York, the decline has been 8% over the past four years while chains have increased their footprint. When local spots shutter, communities mourn the loss of their beloved neighborhood café and begrudge that parts of their city are starting to look like a strip mall. Plus, they lose jobs and tax revenue."