Blue Plate backtracks, will no longer dip into servers' tips
A press release announcing the move also announces that as of September 1, Blue Plate will pay all non-tipped employees a "living wage" of $9.69, which is about 20 percent above what the state's minimum wage law requires.
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"We have always listened to our guests and our community," owner David Burley says in the statement. "Blue Plate is a family of small neighborhood restaurants and we value the hard work of our employees more than anything. Before we were founders we were servers."
"We've reflected and decided to try a different approach that will give our communities a clear indicator of who we are as a business," he continues.
In response to the news, some expressed cynicism about Blue Plate ownership's motives:
While others give them credit for listening to their customers:
Wait so Blue Plate group is now able to give staff more than a dollar over min. wage after first making such a scene? That makes sense.-- Maggie LaMaack (@MaggieLaMaack) August 20, 2014
Blue Plate owns a number of restaurants around the Twin Cities, including the Freehouse, the Lowry, and Longfellow Grill in Minneapolis, and the Groveland Tap and Highland Grill in St. Paul, among others.
I assume Oasis Cafe still charging min wage fee. Blue Plate reversing due to customer feedback shows difference if you serve Blue America.-- David Brauer (@dbrauer) August 20, 2014
Here's the entirety of the news release:
h/t -- MPR
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