Blue Plate backtracks, will no longer dip into servers' tips

Blue Plate backtracks, will no longer dip into servers' tips

Citing feedback from guests and the community, Blue Plate Restaurant Company has announced it will no longer dip into servers' tips, a practice it began when Minnesota's first minimum wage increase in nearly a decade went into effect August 1.

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:

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.

Here's the entirety of the news release:

Blue Plate Restaurant News Release

h/t -- MPR

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.

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