Harvard recently told The Auburn Citizen that he and Schneider reached a mutual agreement with Mark's Pizzeria Inc. to re-open as a separate business because of the state's rising minimum wage requirements.
Other, non-fast food businesses in Upstate New York are required to increase minimum wage at a slower rate: 70 cents more an hour each year until it hits $12.50 at the end of 2020.
Mark's Pizzeria, based in Fairport, had more than 40 locations last year but started closing some restaurants, including in Elbridge, Manlius, Clay, and Cicero.
Some reopened with new names, like Mike's Pizzeria and Uncle Mike's Hometown Pizza, owned by Mike Haynes, in Camillus.
A representative for Mark's Pizzeria told the Auburn Citizen that the minimum wage law was not the basis for recent closures.