Earlier, we learned that business owners in the SeaTac community of Washington had found innovative ways to combat the effects of a mandated new $15-an-hour minimum wage — charging for parking, ending free food, making employees pay for uniforms — and now a Minnesota restaurant has taken the battle to the customers.

The Oasis Cafe in Stillwater, Minn., has instituted a 35-charge for each bill to help cover the costs of the state's new $8-an-hour minimum wage effective Aug. 1.

Owner Craig Beemer says the 75-cent increase will cost him $10,000 a year. Other state restaurants, such as Blue Plate with its eight locations, are following suit.

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NB: Waffle Fries? Hmmmm….