Bob’s Clam Hut ad shows how minimum wage increase will boost Maine small businesses

Kittery landmark Bob’s Clam Hut is featured in a new campaign ad just launched by Mainers for Fair Wages. In the 30-second commercial, Bob’s owner Michael Landgarten makes the case for voting yes on Question 4, the referendum to raise Maine’s minimum wage to $12 by 2020.

“The employees at Bob’s are the hardest-working, most dedicated people I know. Without them, this business would not be what it is. They make it succeed,” says Landgarten in the ad. “We pay more than minimum wage here because when you work for a living, we think you should be able to make a living. That’s why we need to raise the minimum wage for all Maine workers. It will put money in their pockets, boost small businesses like this one and strengthen our communities. Most of all, it’s the right thing to do.”

Bob’s, a Maine institution since 1956, is one of three restaurants owned by Landgarten. The others are the full-service Robert’s Maine Grill and the Lil’s Cafe coffee shop.

Almost 600 Maine small businesses owners have now publicly announced their support for Question 4.

“We’re proud to have so many small business owners like Michael backing Question 4,” said Mainers for Fair Wages campaign manager Amy Halsted. “They know it’s the right thing to do and will put more money in the pockets of folks who will spend it locally, strengthening communities and helping to build an economy that works for everyone.”

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