AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR COMMUNITY
To our valued guests and our Newton community:
Our checks include an untaxed 3.75% kitchen appreciation charge. This fee is directly distributed amongst our kitchen staff. We want be completely transparent with you and explain the way we compensate our staff.
For decades now, the monetary gap between tipped employees and hourly kitchen staff has been growing exponentially. Add to that the growing living expenses in Boston and we end up with the current situation in all Boston restaurants: talented kitchen employees struggling to make ends meet.
Raising menu prices alone only increases the wage gap between tipped employees and non-tipped employees. Front of the house earnings are tied to top-line revenue, whereas the kitchen’s wages are tied to bottom-line results. By adding this small fee, our kitchen workers see an increase in their living wages and an improvement to their quality of life. We hope that more restaurants will take on similar policies so that our shrinking kitchen work force will increase and be able to better serve our increasing number of amazing restaurants in the Boston area.
We appreciate your understanding and support and we look forward to any feedback you may have. See you soon!