Restaurants in New York City can provide Outdoor seating with Limited indoor dining, But starting today, there is another motivation to help companies sustain their livelihoods: they can now legally handle Bill surcharge.
The City Council recently passed this “recycling fee” law, which allows restaurants to increase your total bill by more than 10% (extra costs cannot be used as tips for employees). It aims to help restaurants pay for personal protective equipment, rent and outdoor dining facilities. After the indoor dining resumes to full capacity, the restaurant can reserve a surcharge for up to 90 days.
However, it is not clear whether and how restaurants will implement surcharges or how diners will respond.
In a poll conducted on Twitter New York timeout, Only slightly more than half of voters said they will pay more to help restaurants weather the current crisis.
Diners won’t find additional costs on the bill JamesHowever, Deborah Williamson, founder of Prospect Heights restaurant in Brooklyn, said.
“While this may be great for the industry, every restaurant must struggle with the nuances of how it operates and the communities it owns. “Williamson said he opened James 12 years ago. “For us, when most of our business comes from frequent customers nearby, it inhibits our interests. “
One of the main criticisms of the surcharge is that if the diners are confused about the bill or feel that they shouldn’t overpay the extra tip, it may deduct the tip from the server.
Others believe that the surcharge is just the first step to help the catering industry.
Saru Jayaraman, president of the national organization One Fair Wage, said: “In this unprecedented crisis, we need to provide support for the restaurant industry in New York City, but to do so-we can’t just focus on restaurant industry owners at the expense of restaurant industry workers. Represent service industry workers in a statement.
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