Ari Taymor is the chef-owner at Alma in Los Angeles, where the minimum wage is $9/hour, even for tipped restaurant workers. Related: Mayor Eric Garcetti recently proposed that the city’s minimum be hiked up to $13.25 by 2017.
That means the food needs work. but that also means you’ll drink well here. Very well. Was happy to give that theory a test drive. Multiple test drives.
Spite isn’t easy to prove, but it looks like we have a clear cut case here!
So this is where we are. As a culture. #reststopreckonings
SO MUCH WRONG IN A SINGLE PHOTO.
Alinea’s Nick Kokonas is starting to roll out his SLEEK ticketing system to restaurants around the world. To reserve a table, guests put down a small deposit on dinner — or sometimes they pay for the full price of a meal in advance, including tax, tip and wine pairings. The key here is that this system shifts the financial risk of dining out, which can easily approach $1,000 for two, from the restaurant to the guest, as the tickets are usually non-refundable. Is this a GOOD DEAL or a BAD DEAL? Your call, world. In the meantime, we break down the math over at Eater!
“Could the purchase of a superyacht be more than an act of self-indulgence? Could it provide something as significant, Mr. Jones wondered, as the financial aid he has given to children, homeless people, drug addicts and groups that promote education and entrepreneurship?”
"A daily Resort Fee of $25.00 plus tax is posted to each guest room to offer amenities and services for a nominal all-inclusive fee. Please note the inclusions you receive for this charge: High-speed internet service in your room & public areas, unlimited local and toll free calls, daily newspaper…
Resort fees, like hotel internet usage fees, are designed to nickel and dime guests for things they will almost certainly use, and whose cost should often be factored into the base price. Instead, we get an artificially low price at the time of booking. That said, charging guests for water bottles they might not drink and printing services they might not use is straight up RIDICULOUS and should be itemized out.
Even worse: I once payed a $5-$10 hotel administrative fee because I had a UPS package delivered to my hotel in Vegas (not a delivery fee, a “recipient” fee). Yep, we’re calling these practices a BAD DEAL.