As pizzerias and other restaurants cope with increases in the minimum wage in California and around the country, PizzaMan Dan’s, one of PMQ’s pizza brands to watch for 2024, has formulated a unique response: the new Pizza Burger, affordably priced at $5.

“This move positions the beloved chain as a leader in offering value and taste in the face of rising costs that are prompting price increases across major chains,” the company said in a press release.

California implemented a $20 minimum wage for fast food workers last week, a move that “marks a significant shift in operational costs for the industry,” PizzaMan Dan’s noted. “Major restaurant chains have signaled potential price hikes to offset increased labor expenses. Amidst these changes, PizzaMan Dan’s unveils the Pizza Burger as an emblem of creativity and customer commitment, proving that quality dining experiences can remain accessible.”

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Designed by PizzaMan Dan’s own Dan Collier, the Pizza Burger combines the heartiness of a quarter-pound all-beef patty with the flavors of pizza. The beef patty is sandwiched between two mini-pizza crusts with melted cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, ketchup and mustard. It’s available for dine-in, delivery or carry-out.

“Understanding the impact of rising industry costs on both businesses and consumers, we at PizzaMan Dan’s are proud to introduce the Pizza Burger,” Collier said. “Our commitment to affordability without compromising on quality is our promise to our customers. We invite everyone to enjoy this innovative offering that stands as a testament to our adaptability and forward-thinking approach in these evolving times.”

PizzaMan Dan’s has a footprint across Southern California that includes Ventura, Oxnard, Moorpark, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Camarillo and Carpinteria.

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