Some Portland restaurants are adding a new ‘living wage surcharge’ to bill
PORTLAND, Ore. – Diners are seeing a new fee on their bill when they eat at some Portland restaurants.
Restaurants Unlimited Inc., which owns local restaurants including Stanfords, Portland City Grill and Henry’s Tavern, has implemented a “living wage surcharge.”
An employee of Henry’s Tavern, who did not want to be identified, said instead of raising menu prices, the company is making a political statement with the surcharge in response to the state’s rising minimum wage and trying to pass it off as a courtesy to customers.
The 1 percent fee amounts to 12 extra cents when ordering a chicken pear pizza at Henry’s, for example.
The restaurant worker said it can be uncomfortable trying to explain the surcharge to customers.
“We’re the frontlines and having to talk to the customers and explain what the charge is, even if we don’t agree with it, yeah, I’d like them to come down here and talk to the customers themselves,” she said.
FOX 12 reached out to Restaurants Unlimited for comment on the surcharge, but did not receive a response.