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February 28, 2017

Minneapolis Restaurant Leaders, Workers, and Residents Launch Pathway to $15 Campaign

Minneapolis, MN – A grassroots coalition of Minneapolis restaurant leaders, restaurant workers, and residents today announced the formation of the Pathway to $15 campaign. The Pathway to $15 campaign supports a pathway to a $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis that works for the diverse needs of the city.

“We support moving Minneapolis to a $15 an hour minimum wage. We just want to be sure that the unique pay structure of restaurant employees is recognized. By accounting for the total taxable income of restaurant workers, we can make sure a $15 minimum wage works for all of Minneapolis,” said Kathryn Hayes, co-owner of The Anchor Fish and Chips located in Minneapolis.

"We want local politicians and the public to understand that a minimum wage that doesn't count tips puts our jobs in jeopardy. A non-tipping model would have devastating effects on our thriving community," said Sarah Norton, a Minneapolis server of six years who leads Service Industry Staff for Change. "Small businesses in Minneapolis are struggling to operate on a very thin profit margin. A policy that accounts for tips means we can protect our jobs and our employers."

“Recognizing the total taxable income of restaurant workers will allow locally-owned restaurants and bars to continue full table service without disruptive changes to the service model or personnel,” said Michael Ryan, owner of Be'Wiched Deli located in Minneapolis. “This approach will help restaurants continue to thrive and empower restaurant workers in Minneapolis.”

As the Minneapolis City Council debates a $15 minimum wage proposal, the Pathway to $15 campaign supports recognizing the total taxable income of restaurant employees, implementing a youth wage, fair designation of employer size, and a reasonable phase-in schedule. For more information on the Pathway to $15 campaign and how to take action, go to www.Pathwayto15.org,like the Pathway to 15 Facebook page, and follow Pathway to 15 on Twitter at @Pathwayto15. Minneapolis restaurant leaders, servers, and residents are encouraged to utilize the website and social media to raise awareness for the campaign and contact the members of the Minneapolis City Council to weigh in as the minimum wage discussion moves forward.

Over 100 Minneapolis restaurant locations are supporting the Pathway to $15 campaign:

Alibi Lounge

Alma 

The Anchor Fish & Chips

Annie’s Parlour

Barbette

Be’Wiched Deli

Betty Danger’s Country Club

Blarney Pub and Gril – Dinkytown

Blarney Pub and Grill – Downtown

Brasa Rotisserie

Borough

Brit’s Pub & Eating Establishment

Broders’ Cucina Italiana

Broders’ Pasta Bar

Bryant Lake Bowl

The Bulldog Downtown

The Bulldog Uptown

Bull’s Horn

Burger Jones: Restaurant and Cocktail Bar

Cardinal Restaurant and Bar

Chino Latino

Colossal Café

Constantine

The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen

Corner Table Restaurant

Coup d’état

Crave – Downtown

D. Brian’s Deli and Catering – Campbell Mithun Skyway

D. Brian’s Deli and Catering – Downtown East Skyway

D. Brian’s Deli and Catering – U.S. Bank Skyway

Darby’s Pub and Grill 

Davanni’s Pizza & Hot Hoagies – Downtown

Davanni’s Pizza & Hot Hoagies – Riverside

Davanni’s Pizza & Hot Hoagies – Uptown

The Draft Horse

The Exchange

The Freehouse

Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit

George and the Dragon

Greenfield Natural Kitchen – Skyway #1

Greenfield Natural Kitchen – Skyway #2

Hola Arepa

Hot Indian Foods

Howe Daily Kitchen and Bar

J.D. Hoyt’s Supper Club

Jax Café

Keegan’s Irish Pub

Kieran’s Irish Pub 

Kitchen in the Market 

Kitty Cat Klub

Libertine

The Living Room 

The Local 

Longfellow Grill

The Loop

The Lowbrow

The Lowry

Lyon’s Pub 

The Malt Shop

Manny’s Steakhouse

Marin Restaurant and Bar 

Mercado by Earl Giles

Mercury Dining Room and Rail 

Milkjam Creamery

Monello 

The Monte Carlo Restaurant

Murray’s

Muse Event Center

MyBurger Calhoun

MyBurger Skyway

MyBurger Stadium Village

N.E. Yacht Club

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

Parkway Pizza

Parlour 

Pat’s Tap

Piccolo

Pizza Luce Downtown

Pizza Luce Seward/University

Pizza Luce Uptown

Pizzeria Lola

The Pourhouse 

Pracna on Main

Prohibition Bar

Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge

The Rabbit Hole

Rainbow Restaurant & Bar

Red Cow – North Loop

Red Cow – 50th St

Red Rabbit

Red Savoy’s Pizza – Minneapolis

Red Savoy’s Pizza – Uptown

Red Stag Supperclub

REV Ultra Lounge

Revival – Minneapolis

Runyon’s

The Saloon

Sandcastle

Sanctuary 

Shindig Event Center

Spoonriver

St. Anthony Main Theatre

Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room

Stanley’s on Wheels Food Truck

Terzo

Tinto Cocina + Cantina

Tiny Diner

Union

Urban Eatery

Victor’s 1959 Cafe 

World Street Kitchen – Food Truck

World Street Kitchen – Restaurant

Young Joni

Zen Box Izakaya 

5-8 Club – Minneapolis

508 Restaurant and Bar