Oakland has a tropical new restaurant where workers decide the menu – and their own pay
San Francisco Chronicle 3/24
The restaurant, bar and commissary kitchen is aiming to redefine what success means in the food industry — building upon the East Bay’s long tradition of food co-ops and social justice movements. As a collective, business decisions, such as wages, paid-time off, safety protocols and other operational policies will be made by workers.
Celebs, Women’s Groups Push Dems To Ditch Tipped Wage
A coalition of feminist leaders, women’s rights organizations and restaurant owners demanded in a letter published Monday that President Joe Biden and Democratic leadership secure a full minimum wage for tipped workers to combat harassment and pay disparities in the restaurant industry.
Food Industry Policy
‘Hero’ Pay Fails Amid Split Council
Pasadena Now 3/23
The City Council’s efforts to pass hero pay failed on Monday with a 4-4 vote. The council needed five votes to pass the item which would temporarily raise hourly wages for local grocery store and pharmacy workers.
Styrofoam Banned In Virginia For Single-Use Food Containers
Gov. Ralph Northam signed into law a bill that bans the use of Styrofoam cups and takeout food containers by food establishments.
On the Side
Popular Vegan Soul Food Pop-up Opens a Permanent Restaurant in Silver Lake
Eater LA 3/23
Soul food pop-up VTree moved into a permanent location in the middle of Silver Lake on March 13. The new restaurant opened directly across the street from Millie’s Cafe on Sunset near Maltman in the busy Sunset Junction area.
Restaurant owner harnesses momentum to thrive in pandemic
Restaurants are in a state of perpetual motion. Even when the dining room is dark, the refrigerators hum. The ice machines rumble and refill. It seems like something always must be fixed, prepped or paid. Restaurants are in a state of perpetual motion. Even when the dining room is dark, the refrigerators hum. The ice machines rumble and refill. It seems like something always must be fixed, prepped or paid.