As we all know, going Woke tends to not help a business thrive and survive. This one is giving it a shot
Restaurants might be open and allowed to serve more customers, but it doesn’t mean they are back to normal.
Heyday Brewing in north Raleigh opened up about eight weeks ago. General Manager Harrison Lassiter says they are trying out a new method to pay staff.
Employees here don’t get tips, instead, they make more than double the state’s minimum wage.
“A lot of excitement over the place, the community that we have here has been really excited,” Lassiter said.
One of the first things you’ll notice when you walk in is a sign that reads, “a 15% living wage service fee will be included on every check.”
So, they’re paying workers $15 an hour, but, not giving them tips. But, oh, there is a required tip, which supposedly offsets the doubling of wages. So, guess what? There are still tips. But, will that 15% offset that massive rise in wages? Or, will we see the prices rise? Maybe the owners will take the hit. They say it is strictly going to pay for labor, but, something has to take the hit to a doubling of labor costs.
“We were upfront when they signed up with us,” he explained. “It’s a different model. A lot of restaurants in this industry, especially in Raleigh, are playing around with different models and I think everyone is trying to figure out what’s best for them right now. So far, I think our employees have been completely open to it and enjoying it.”
Will the patrons get the same service that a tipping system creates? Maybe I’ll see one day, since it is rather near work. I had no idea there were even businesses in that area, thought it was all development for homes. The menu is short, but, then, I suppose it’s mostly about the beer. They do want $7 for hushpuppies, $13 for a pork BBQ sandwich, so, that’s rather above normal prices. I wish them the best, but, it might not last long.
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