Popular Restaurant Loses Its Mind

having survived the riots and the Chinese Wuhan Virus, an upscale pasta restaurant in Minneapolis has decided to seal its doom by forcing customers to pay an extra “equity charge.”

On its website, Broders’ has a notice to customers notifying them of a new 15 percent “benefits and equity” charge they’ve instituted. They justify the charge, first, by explaining that “many states have allowed reduced minimum wages for service staff in the form of a tip credit.”

For the record, this is a fifteen percent charge on top of the tips they expect to receive. See if you can guess why the equity charge exists…

The restaurant’s second justification is that many tippers are racist and sexist, according to uncited research.

“Studies have also shown that there is inequity and built-in bias in the way consumers give tips,” the statement reads. “In general, Black or Brown servers receive less tips than Caucasian servers. There is gender bias as well.”

I’ve been saying this since I started a blog, but it’s absolutely true. I don’t believe in tipping; I believe in over-tipping. A few months ago, I had lunch with a poster at AOSHQ. He left the tip, but afterward, I gave the waitress another $20 to thank for them being open during the pandemic. So take your overgeneralizations and stick them up your arse.

The final part of the statement says the new policy stems from wider racial injustice and is not a substitute for gratuity.

Really, this upscale restaurant which is almost always crowded suffers from racial injustice? I wonder how many minorities work there, and how often are they derided for their skin color by fellow Minnesotans? My guess is zeeo.

I wholeheartedly supported my local restaurants during the pandemic, because it was a sin that most of them had to temporarily close. That said, I sincerely hope the people of Minneapolis boycott Broders, and it has to file bankruptcy; the owners, the cooks, and the wait staff.

10 thoughts on “Popular Restaurant Loses Its Mind

  1. I usually tip around 30%. Last night we were playing trivia and the bill was $57 and we left a $33 tip. Many of these places have had it tough during the pandemic and they are all advertising for help. So many small bars and restaurants are in danger of going under and then elite, very profitable places pull this crap. Ridiculous!


  2. Mike AKA Proof – Told how much to pay the equity charge, and THEN the tip. These people are out of their minds. Considering they’re located in Minneapolis – the new Portland – they should kiss the feet of anyone daring to enter that place.

    Ronni – The place I visited a few months ago was like that. We had to eat outside, and it was a little cold, but the food was terrific and the wait staff were great. I had zero problem tipping them extra.


  3. Cathy – Remember when the Clintons donated underwear to charity? Or when Biden donated like $100 bucks to a charity? They’re all cheapskates.


  4. I’m sorry but you tell me how much to tip and add an extra charge because you think it’s equity to take more of my money to make yourself feel better I will turn on my heels and leave. Good service gets a nice tip, so so service gets a so so tip, lousy service gets a bare min tip. Best service I have had was an exceptional tip- that happened to the waitress who let us in before there were open, gave great suggestions on food (Real Greek Restaurant) and kept our glasses filled and had our food out quick, was worth the 100 + dollar tip but that’s just my opinion.


  5. Gary – Same. I don’t think I have ever not tipped someone, even if they gave bad service. I’d give them a buck or two if they were awful, but I would ignore this restaurant out of spite.


  6. I tip extravagantly for good service and tip like a mizer for crappy service. I once left a penny I had flattened on a railroad track for a tip. I’m not kidding. Went to breakfast with my SIL and her boyfriend and they got their food before us, waited awhile until we told them eat before it’s cold, then about 2 hours later, we got ours. But, I digress. I don’t go out much, I go to only a few places. Many of the waitresses or waiters know me, and they know I like good service. If their employer ever pulls the shit this place is pulling, I will NEVER go back. My favorite restaurant has almost all brown people working there. I never thought about it until this story, but now they’ve ruined that for me too, by making me actually think about skin color when I never did before. Oh, and not related to this story, but I’m all done moving and my new neighborhood is fantastic. My newest neighbor is a BLM hating black guy who is more conservative than me, which I didn’t think possible. We are going to be great friends. Plus, he runs the scotch bar at the Scottish festival in September and has more scotches than I have ever heard of. TxNick would like this guy a LOT!


  7. For the record, this place calls itself a “pasta bar.” So hip!

    It’s in South Mpls, about thirty blocks south and a few blocks west of where St. George Floyd martyred himself for fentanyl users everywhere. There’s the restaurant and then across the street is an Italian deli/market.

    I used to drive past it on my way home from work. I was curious for a time, but come on, it’s just overpriced pasta. I’d rather go to the Olive Garden. Those are my people, first of all. I’d rather tip those servers than the SJWs at Broders.

    But really, I’d rather make my own pasta and sauce. The pandemic kind of weaned me off going to restaurants. I’d rather not pay so much for a meal, I bristle at having to tip, and I’ve discovered I like to cook. Win win.


  8. About 20 years ago, a group of us from work went to a restaurant & when we were done, they were figuring out an 18% tip for each of us. The funny part, we were going to each leave about a 20 – 25% tip. so they actually shorted themselves.


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