Wage hike advocates may be loath to admit it, but according to a recently released study of Yelp data on the impact of minimum wage increases on lower to middle-quality restaurants, the impact is unmistakable. Buzz-feed, which wrote up the study, reported that researchers found that a $1 increase in the minimum wage in the San Francisco area resulted in 3.5 star restaurants having a 14 percent higher chance of going out of business. Further, after reviewing the data on 35,000 restaurants in the Bay Area over an 8 year period from 2008 through 2016 (within which time-frame, there were 21 increases in the state/local minimum wage), the researchers concluded that a national minimum wage of $12 an hour would result in an additional 12,000 businesses having to close. They also projected that those restaurants would all be on the lower end of the quality scale with no 5 star restaurants impacted.