California Lawsuit alleges Tipless Restaurants Colluded with One Another to Fix Price
According to a class action lawsuit filed at the federal court in California, restaurants that have done away with tips and raised prices have allegedly colluded with one another to fix high prices without passing down the benefits or increased profits to their employees. Residents of San Francisco would be aware that many restaurants decided to do away with the practice of tipping the wait staff. In exchange, these restaurants increased their prices of foods and drinks. The proposed lawsuit essentially alleges that there is a price fixing conspiracy with the tip-less model.
The defendants in the suit include Trou Normand, Bar Agricole, Comal, Duende and Camino among others. Some of the defendants have apparently reversed their policies and have gone back to the old ways of allowing tips. It is unclear if such a reversal was influenced by the lawsuit or if the restaurants found it fitting to revert to the old practice. The suit alleges that some restaurants in the Bay Area and hospitality groups based in New York got together and as a group decided to abolish tipping and instead increased their prices by as much as twenty percent, which is often what is recommended as a reasonable tip. The suit alleges that the restaurant owners are making windfall gains at the cost of the customers and their own employees as the proceeds of such price increase are not being passed onto the staff.
The lawsuit is still a proposed legal action and is inviting more people to come aboard with their complaints. The original complaint was filed by a diner Timothy Brown and he was quickly joined by many fellow diners. Brown’s lawyer, David Lavine is seeking not only threefold of the actual damages but also legal fees. One of the primary focal points is on Union Square Hospitality Group which is based in New York City. The lawsuit alleges that the founder and chief executive of Union Square Hospitality Grou, Danny Meyer has led the campaign, colluded with other restaurateurs and brought about the new policy whereby it is only the owners who would gain. All these restaurants have cited inequality and income gap among their staff to justify such a move.
The restaurateurs have said that the wait staff does not get tipped uniformly. Some accrue much more in tips than others. The wait staff in many cases is not compelled to share their tips with chefs or cooks and back of the house staff. This creates a further disparity among the employees working in different sections of the restaurant business. By doing away with the tips and increasing the prices, the restaurants can apparently pay all their staff uniformly and can also provide better career progression. The restaurant business is not known for being a generous payer and hence tips have always been a substantial part of the income for the wait staff.
The lawsuit states that the policy is only aimed at filling the coffers of the owners and that no employee will effectively benefit in the long run. The plaintiffs are arguing that such a policy violates the Sherman Act, California Unfair Competition Law, California Cartwright Act and New York Donnelly Act.
Sacramento, California has definitely started to earn a reputation as one of the most “food centric” cities in the United States. Already home to hundreds and hundreds of restaurants, bars, cafés, pubs, and eateries large and small, most of the very best places to eat in Sacramento are located in the Midtown or the downtown area.
Of the hundreds of places to eat in Sacramento, some of them (obviously) stand head and shoulders above the rest. The only problem is figuring out which restaurants are which before you sit down for a meal and risk blowing your cash on a subpar experience.
That’s why we’ve put together this quick list of the most popular restaurants and bars in Midtown Sacramento. You’re going to be able to dig up insider information about these eateries, and should be able to come up with some kind of game plan or itinerary that guarantees you never eat at the same place twice unless you want to go back for seconds. And believe us, with all of the locations on this list, going back for seconds is almost inevitable.
They are just that special!
But enough about that. Shall we jump right into the restaurant listings already?
Let’s get right to it.
Old Soul Company
One of the most special restaurants in the Midtown area, you’re going to be able to find American classics served up in a very friendly atmosphere, and the food here is absolutely to die for.
Everything about Old Soul Company is very laid back, very low key, and very casual – fitting in nicely with the overall atmosphere and vibe that Sacramento itself throws off. This isn’t exactly a place that you’ll want to come when you want to pop in and out, sitting for only a few moments to enjoy a quick bite.
Instead, it’s definitely a sit down kind of location where you’ll want to bring friends, family members, or even your first date so that you can spend a bit of time getting to know each other in a relaxing atmosphere with some of the best food in the city.
Soul food is a given (surprise, surprise), but you’re going to want to make sure that you also enjoy the dessert and coffee. While Seattle gets all of the attention for coffee on the West Coast, Old Soul Company produces top notch coffee. It’s the perfect way to end a perfect experience!
Uncle Vito’s Slice of NY
Every single city in the United States (and pretty much every single city around the world, for that matter) has more pizza joints than you can shake a stick at, and all of them approached pizza in a completely and totally unique way.
Some of them focus on the crust, others focus on the sauce, and others still try to overload pizza with all kinds of exotic toppings to create interesting flavor combinations that are anything but the pizza that you are used to grabbing quickly and taking home.
But for most people (except for those on the Chicago side of things) one style of pizza stands head and shoulders above the rest of the pack, and that’s New York style pizza. Thin crusted, delicious, and loaded with sauce and cheese, there is nothing on the planet quite like New York style pizza.
Of course, it’s almost impossible to find yourself an authentic slice of New York City pie but that’s exactly what you’re going to find at Uncle Vito’s. This is as legit a slice of New York City pizza as you’re going to find anywhere outside of the Big Apple itself, the perfect way to add a little bit of East Coast flavor to the West Coast.
San Francisco has earned quite a bit of a reputation as the premier home for authentic sushi in the United States (and certainly here in California), but Sacramento definitely gives that city by the bay a run for its money with Nishiki Sushi.
Offering a dizzying array of truly authentic sushi from some of the most impressive sushi chefs on the planet, each and every one of the sushi specialists employed here has spent years and years honing their craft, fine tuning their recipes, and sourcing only the very best ingredients to produce sushi unlike anything else you’ve ever had.
Better than that though, is the fact that the sushi you’ll find at Nishiki Sushi is inexpensive, giving you the opportunity to meet the best sushi in Sacramento without ever threatening to break your bank account in the process.
At the end of the day, you’re going to fall in love with everything that each of these Midtown restaurants and bars have to offer here in Sacramento!Read More
Sacramento is quickly becoming one of the hottest cities in the United States, with thousands and thousands of people flocking here each and every year. The job market in Sacramento is fantastic (especially compared to most of the West Coast outside of Silicon Valley, of course), and there are all kinds of opportunities for people to build the kind of life that they’ve always dreamed about here.
At the same time, living in Sacramento definitely requires a little bit of an adjustment, especially if the newcomer to Sacramento hasn’t lived in quite as built up in urban area as this one. Though having a car in Sacramento is definitely going to be beneficial for those that want to head outside of the city limits – or pop around the rest of California, visiting Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, etc. – it isn’t a necessity thanks in large part to all of the public transportation options in Midtown and throughout the rest of the city.
If you want to make sure that you are always going to have an opportunity to get around the city, and specifically Midtown Sacramento, you’ll want to look into all of the different options that we break down below. The odds are pretty good that you’ll always have an opportunity to find some kind of public transportation available in the city whenever you need a ride.
Let’s get to it!
The Regional Transit Light Rail
Originally founded as the Sacramento Transit Authority in 1973, the city soon changed over to the Regional Transit operation in April of that same year, operating hundreds and hundreds of buses throughout the city to provide reliable public transportation to those looking to move around Sacramento without a vehicle of their own.
It wasn’t long until light rails began to be added to the Regional Transit responsibilities, and today the city has more than 38.6 miles of light rails laid down – covering about 418 mi.² of the city with reliable service. Running 365 days the year on very, very reliable schedules, you aren’t going to have any trouble whatsoever finding a Regional Transit Light Rail service to get you to any of the Midtown hotspots and then back again.
Best of all, you’ll also have the opportunity to take advantage of Regional Transit bus service to and from a light rail station – giving you the ability to travel all over the city for next to nothing on public transportation.
The Regional Transit Bus Line
Speaking of those buses, you are going to have the opportunity to take advantage of bus transportation throughout Sacramento (not just Midtown, but the entire city) pretty much a round-the-clock. Regional Transit operates these buses (of which there are currently 272, with another 40 or 50 going to be added in the next few years), buses that stop at 3600+ bus stops all throughout the city.
Estimates put the amount of people that take advantage of bus transportation in the city of Sacramento at right around 60,000 each day, but the buses are almost never full were overcrowded and give you the chance to travel to your Midtown destination and then back in comfort and safety.
If it’s just a quick run to the Sacramento International Airport that you are looking for, you are probably going to want to take advantage of the Yolobus services that will take you there. Though you’ll have to make your way to the two locations in downtown Sacramento to hitch a ride, you’ll be able to shuttle directly to the international airport in no time at all – and they provide rides from the airport back to the downtown area if you’re looking to travel a return trip as well.
Uber has a major presence in the city of Sacramento, and just might be the ultimate alternative for you when you’re looking to hitch a ride to the Midtown area (or anywhere else in the city, for that matter).
An innovative mobile application that works on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices, you’ll be able to use Uber to connect with your very own private car service around-the-clock – and will usually be able to pay less for a ride with an Uber driver than you would have with a traditional taxicab service.
Even better than that is the fact that you’ll be able to quickly and effortlessly pay your driver of this private car service with a credit card that you already have on file, never having to worry about outrageous fares, unnecessary charges, or having to carry outrageous amounts of cash on you just to hitch a ride.
According to local Sacramento DUI Lawyer Michael Rehm, it also has cut down on the amount of dui arrests, which in converse, means the reduction in the amount of individuals actually drinking and driving, which is a huge benefit to midtown and the region in general.
There’s a reason why this particular service is one of the fastest growing businesses in the United States, and why so many assume that it’s going to make the traditional taxi service obsolete. At least it’s nice to know that you have options for transportation to the Midtown area of Sacramento!Read More