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Chick-fil-A Returns to Washington; Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Law

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BELLEVUE — The first in Washington since a Bellingham branch at Western Washington University shut in mid-2011, Chick-fil-A returns April 9, in Bellevue. The company has been keeping a low profile since Chick-fil-A's president Dan Cathy admitted he was "guilty-as-charged" when approached about the company's anti-gay marriage stance, thereby propelling a media shitstorm. In the new Bellevue location, Chick-fil-A says it will give the first 100 adults in line on grand opening morning free Chick-fil-A for a year. It plans to open in Tacoma on April 16 and in Lynnwood in early May. Still no word if there will be one in the Emerald City proper.

LABOR PAINS Seattle will raise its minimum wage to $11 on April 1, a higher legally-mandated base wage than the one that exists in New York, the District of Columbia, and Chicago. Translation: Seattle waiters, already the country's second-highest paid, are about to get a raise. The increase is Seattle's first major step on its path toward raising the minimum to $15, a baseline that San Francisco will also reach by the end of the decade. Eater breaks down the development and discusses its ramifications.

CAPITOL HILL In a one-star Yelp review, Californian Daniel Lui reported that he was visiting Starbucks's new Reserve Roastery on Capitol Hill on March 11 when an employee accused him and a friend of trying to steal company secrets to pass to China. Apparently Starbucks has agreed to make it up to Lui by giving him a few Starbucks Gold points, though he says he'd like to see something more substantial.

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