SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A handful of Bay Area restaurants will begin adding a service charge to the price of meals in lieu of tips, according to a published report.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that five restaurants – Comal in Berkeley, Camino and Duende in Oakland, and Bar Agricole and Trou Normand in San Francisco – will begin adding a 20% service charge to all customer bills and not accept any other gratuity.READ MORE: COVID Vaccines: Marin County Set To Expand Eligibility; Seniors Say Finding Appointments Still A Challenge
The 20 percent surcharge would go toward staff for merit-based hourly wages and revenue-sharing, according to the Chronicle, including for staffers such as cooks and dishwashers that do not normally share tips.READ MORE: Stunning Yellow Superbloom Pops Up In Half Moon Bay - 'It's Perfect'
The changes come as Bay Area cities boost their minimum wage levels above the California minimum wage of $9 an hour.MORE NEWS: COVID: Santa Clara Supervisors Approve $5/Hour Grocery Worker Hazard Pay
San Francisco’s Proposition J on the November ballot would boost San Francisco’s $10.74/hour minimum wage to $15 by July 2018. An Oakland ballot measure would increase that city’s minimum wage from $8 an hour to $12.25, along with inflation-based increases in the future.