In light of the recent increase in minimum wage to $19.08 per hour in West Hollywood, Lucian Tudor, the CEO of the renowned La Boheme restaurant, has regretfully announced the layoff of all busboy positions. The announcement was made ahead of a city council meeting set for Monday, August 21, 2023, and was accompanied by an open letter to the council and press.
This isn’t the first time La Boheme has been in the news lately. The restaurant temporarily closed its doors on June 26 as Lucian and his staff attended a West Hollywood City Council Meeting to address mounting safety concerns. Following a traumatic gun robbery on April 25, 2023, the establishment has been vandalized five times. An email from a La Boheme representative read, “The city is getting extremely unsafe, staff are afraid to come to work, and we need the city’s help.”
The April incident shocked many when camera footage depicted a violent armed robbery, with one suspect brandishing an assault rifle. Three victims were affected: one was hit in the face with a handgun, while another was robbed on the sidewalk. The criminals made their escape in a stolen silver Dodge Charger.
Fortunately, the culprits were apprehended on May 3, 2023, by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in Beverly Hills. Two adults, Keymaurie Clark and Briana Threets, both 26, were arrested alongside two 15-year-old juveniles.
The La Boheme layoffs underscore the complex challenges businesses face amidst rising operational costs and growing safety concerns in West Hollywood.
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